We are students from Brooklyn International High School. In this year, we’re doing a project about making a “Digital Poetry Machine”, the biggest project we have ever done. In this project, we will going to do a lot of coding in Arduino, writing a lot of poetry, and building an interactive poetry installation. So in this blog, we’ll going to show you about some of the projects we have done or still in progress with Arduino, Scratch, etc, and how we used them to make a collaboration between Technology and Poetry.
So, first we started the project by wrote a lot of poetry and learned the basic of programing on Scratch in English class and Studied about plants biome (mosses) in science class.
In the beginning our intention was want to grow the moss graffiti into words, but then because the mosses didn’t grow, and we changed our intention. So instead of using mosses, we used the cork and cut it into word. Then Mark Kleeb (from Beam Center) came to help and teach us how to program on Arduino, build the circuit to create our digital poetry machine.
1) So the first step of the process of this project is designing the word on GIMP
2) The second step is after we have all the words we designed at the first step, we will use the laser cutter to cut them on the cork.
3) After that, we programed the informations of these words into the I2C chip and plugged them onto the chip holder.
4) In addition, we also need to prepare the word-board, so we used the circular saw to cut a big board of wood into long board with the measurements are 8.5in x 96in, and used Mitre saw to cut these boards shorter. Then we used the drill press to make a hole in the center of the small board to the I2C chip in, and painted it with black color.
6) Next, about building the circuit we got a lot of things to do in this process such as soldering wires to the socket, attach magnets to the corners of the small board with epoxy, testing the circuit with a chip.
7) After all of these process, our digital poetry machine is finish, but not the project, the last process is to connect our digital poetry machine to Twitter so the poems from our machine will automatically send to Twitter.