Chibitronics Sketchbook Lesson

by Chibitronics Community in Classroom

Published on April 15, 2017

Tags : Engineering, Science

The students will be signing LED lighting arrangements from the Chibitronics introductory sketchbook.This project will be a mixture of art, design, music, engineering, and math, among other things touched on.This is a relevant design challenge as it has many, many components, and utilizes new media.It will engage them as it has several components that require higher learning and problem solving. This project will be 180 minutes in length. This lesson plan was submitted by Christopher Sweeney, Maker Technologies and Interpretive Design Teacher , Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia, PA.

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Copper tape
Aluminum foil
Classroom Packs of Chibitronics Stickers


Xacto blades,
Hot glue gun and glue,

Chibitronics Products

Chibitronics Starter Kit w/ Circuit Sticker Sketchbook
Classroom Pack of White LED stickers
High School
Estimated Time
180 mins
Lesson Objective

The students will be able to use several problem solving skills.They will learn how to work with their hands and connect simple paper circuits utilizing the Chibitronics Sketchbook. They will utilize 21st Century Skills to make completed circuits in order of difficulty to utilizes higher learning and higher cognitive ideas and to have a completed product that works with the electronic component.They also will learn craftsmanship and learn to combine old media and new media.


9.1.12.B.4 Visual Arts:
9.1.12.B.4.1 Paint/Draw/Design

Additional Resources


  1. Students are shown Cooper Hewitts resources and PDFs on the Design Process at the beginning of my course, which leads in to the MakeyMakey project.Before they start the project, they also do the Cooper Hewitt Design Challenge that was given to us at a PD session last year.
  2. The next day, we continue our discussion of the design process after more Cooper Hewitt visual resources are shared.I then show them MakeyMakey and other JoyLAbz videos (Drawdio),as well as 3D printing introduction resources.
  3. After this video session class,I have them view the resources on the MakeyMakey Labz website, which I am an Ambassador, so I have access to more lesson and resources than the average teacher.I also show them guides, lessons, and visual resources they can use to create their designs.
  4. After this viewing, we get to the design process by doing four to five quick sketches to flesh out their ideas.They have time ti use my computers, or if they are responsible, use their phones to view videos of projects my former students and others around the country and the world have created.This will take up at least a class period.
  5. After the four to five drawings are done in the sketchbook, we work on a finalized drawing to figure out materials, size, shape, and overall design that works with the MakeyMakey interface.There are not a ton of parameters, but they instrument or object should have six to seven at the minimum buttons/keys/strings etc., with a max of eleven. Aesthetics are also very important, and lesson examples of both exemplar and bad and/or sloppy craftsmanship are shown, and discussed why they are and what are the differences.This will take at least a period or more.
  6. Now comes the bulk of work and hand building.My student teacher Lindsay was nice enough to create generic prototype examples of how you take a drawing and make a template out of it.She picked a small guitar or ukkelalee.  The students will fabricate the designs well as having one portion of it 3d printed, from a knob, down to a decal or lettering.All of this must go in the final example.This quarter I will also be showing them TurtlArt,which last quarter I showed as a stand alone design project, but now can be integrated in to their main MakeyMakey design.I have just written an article on this for Scholastic Arts, a magazine by Davis Publications that I am affiliated with in the past.The students will be working on this hand building for several weeks, as well as receiving instruction on Tinkercad tutorials.


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