We are students in Brooklyn International High School. We’re all Immigrants from different countries. We are making a big digital fabrication, programming and art project using Arduino, I2C EEPROM chips and a laser cutter to make a digital poetry machine. We are working with Mark from Beam Center. Also we working this project in English and Science class. In order to get ready we learned to program in Scratch and we read and wrote poetry. In this project we working with groups of 4-5 people. It’s the biggest project we have ever done.
There’s too many different genres of poetry, some of them can drive you into an adventure, others can make you laugh so much, and others can even make you cry. But today I am going to talk about Sonnets and Haikus.
Sonnet and Haiku are two famous genres of poetry, But they are not similar at all.
The sonnet is a poetic genre which was originated in Italy; but the English Sonnet was introduced by Thomas Wyatt. The main character of the English Sonnet was William Shakespeare. He wrote some of the best English poems ever. He wrote around 154 sonnets.
Now, let’s talk about the Haiku.
The japanese Haiku is a 3 line poem which has 17 syllables, these are divided in 5/7/5 syllable count. Haiku represents simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression in every poem. Haiku began in the 13th century, but 3 centuries later, it was mastered by Basho, an amazing Haiku poet.
If you want to know more about this genres, here’s a link:
The first thing we have done is we have chosen the words we will use for the big board, and prepare them to be cut with the laser.
After that, we paint the wood to paste the words in it, so it will look better.
Finally, we put some magnets and Arduinos to the big board, that’s how the word are going to be attached to be board.
This is an image processing board.
Install magnets and wires
Install the words on the board by magnets.
We did many cool projects with Mr. Mark, he helped us a lot. The first thing that Mark teached us was to learn more about arduino and how to program it.
Mark teaching us.
These are some things we use for the Arduino.
Then, we learned about the plan to make this better and go on schedule because they were a lot of things we were aiming for to accomplish, and we needed the right amount time to do it.
After that, we started to choose the words that we are going to use in the big board, we designed the words and we send them to the laser cutter.
This is the big board we are using for the words.
When we knew the words we were going to use, we prepare them to be cutted with the laser. We made an example of how it would look like in which Mark showed us how to use the laser cutter and how to make sure that the words we make were good.
Mark showing us how to use the laser cutter.
When we had our words cut and brought it back to school, we cut the wood we were going use to glue our words on the the big board with the help of some of our teachers. With the wood we cut, we made a big board in which we will stick the words we cutted, and Mark showed us how to paint them.
Those are some words we designed.
We are still working with Mark in this project and also we still testing the circuit with a chip, we are truly happy we had this type of people helping us and supporting us as we make this unbelievable yet so realistic project.
So it is not that easy to use and you have to be very careful to because you might cut your hand actually the mitre saw looks like this
You have to wear your save glasses to protect your eyes from little pieces of wood and the thing that protects you eayers put your wood that you have to cut and start cutting you just have to pull the handle down slowly in case of it to cut straight and nice.
We use this tool for our project to cut the wood to put the word that we cut by laser cutter.
The first thing we have done is to write poems and stories, such as the old and scary stories,then we chose forty words from the stories and poems, and we chose four words from the forty to each group, and we sent words to Mr. Ben. Then we cutted the words with the laser.
After that, we stuck the word on the small piece of wood.
Then, we collected small pieces of wood and we paste it on a large plate.
This is the big board with the words.
Our project is based on hard work and people who want to work; but one big factor for this project, is Mark Kleeb. Mark is a friend who came to help us with this project, he’s an expert on electronics so his help is much needed.
This is an interview that I had with Mark:
- Where are you from?
I grew up in northeastern Pennsylvania.
- Which high school did you go to?
My high school was called wyoming area, and it was from a town called Wyoming in Pennsylvania, not the state of
- When did you started to like programming and all this stuff?
I went to college and I did chemistry, and I hated it for two years, then I switched from chemical engineering to electrical engineering, and that where I started doing electronics.
- In which subject you are an expert?
Probably electronics, that’s like a high school subject, Science.
- How did you learn to do things like this?
Well, in college I learned a lot, but I also learned a lot from taking things apart and learning how they go back together, like you take apart a synthesizer and you look at it and you see where the electronics go and you see where things go and you begin to build things yourself. You begin to look online and other people make things like that and you follow their instructions and your learn more by building stuff.
- What is this project about?
This project is digital poetry, so we are laser cutting words that are going to be stuck to a big board magnetically, and a chip called ‘Arduino’ is gonna read all the words and make a poem that can be posted online.
- Where are we going to post all the information about the project?
You guys are blogging about it, i don’t know where that is, but I am sure that you guys know where that is.
- If somebody wants to do a project like this, how can they do it?
We will hopefully have all the instructions for this project online at the end of it, and people will be able to gop on the website and follow our instructions and build it themselves if they like.
And finally, this guy is Mark: