Workshop "solar insects"
Electronics and programming workshop
March 3-5, 2015
University Paris 8
2 rue de la Liberté
A workshop entitled "solar insects": a practical work on electronics and programming based on microcontrollers to create "E-insects" making sounds thanks to small solar cells.
On day 1, a theoretical course about sounds’ physical nature and the functions of components took place. The day after, we thought about sound design and modulation, and also about the insects’ morphology, while exploring various choices of complex components from welding to programming.
On day 3 and 4, the students were able to see, with joy and sometimes surprises, how the insect interacted via sensory captors and solar energy. Finally, to make the insects sing, for lack of sun because it was already dark, the students used an old projector with a powerful lamp.
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