So, we had a great response to our "Drawing Machines" at the 2–day–long Brandywine Festival of the Arts this weekend.
We learned a lot, too:
Most importantly, we'd spend a lot less time and money presenting our creations if we used them all to draw on dry-erase white boards.
We've already tried the robotic drawbots on the white boards, and they worked much more smoothly than on paper! So, we picked up a couple of boards for that, and Greg is attaching hinges in the middle, so we can fold up our "drawbot arena" and transport it to Maker Faire. (http://makerfaire.com/) However, we need to build a detachable frame around the arena, to keep the drawbots from falling off the edges. Any suggestions? Could we knit something?
We also need to change the program for the "red button" on the Atari controllers because the kids like to press and hold the button for several seconds, making the pen go up and down several times. Maybe you need to push the button twice in succession to lift the pen, otherwise it goes down and stays down? More suggestions are welcome, guys!
This Saturday is "Taste of the Riverfront" in Wilmington, and we're going to try out the sandwich board easel with dry erase markers, too, by just attaching the back of an out-of-date white board calendar Rick gave us. If this works well, we'll need another one for the larger easel. We need a piece that's about 2 ft by 2 ft, or if you have any white board paint....that could work, too....
See you soon.