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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.


We learned about programing in Scratch

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Moss graffiti

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.


Laser cutter and cork


Word “Music” is printed on the cork


The final look of the word “Music” after printed from the laser cutter and peeled its out of the cork

3) After that, we programed the informations of these words into the I2C chip and plugged them onto the chip holder.


Our English teacher is explaining to us step by step about programing the word into the I2C chip


We put the I2C chip 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.


Cutting the long board with the circular saw

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Cutting the board shorter with the mitre saw


Using the drill press to drill a hole in the center of the small board

5) For the big board, we need to sanding it to make its surface flat, and paint one coat of wooden color on, then gluing the metal squares with JB glue. 

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Painting one coat of the wooden color on the big board


The board with metal squares that we glued on with the JB glue

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.


Soldering the electrical wires onto the copper tape that’s covering the magnets

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The final look of the board after after you soldered all the electrical wires onto it


Connecting the Arduino with the I2C chip


Testing the I2C chip on Arduino program



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.


Final look of our Digital Poetry Machine


We wanted to connect our Digital Poetry Machine with Twitter

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This is the website (Dev.twitter.com) where we used to get the codes to connecting our Digital Poetry Machine with Twitter

By: Vien 

How to put a timer in scratch and arduino :

For scratch:

First we need to finish doing the game and then make the code of the timer .To do it we need to click on :

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  • Event Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.35.42 AM
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  • Click on Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.37.04 AM    ,  Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.37.38 AM , write time     Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.28.13 AM

after making it, drag it and paste it to Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.11.00 AM

  • Go to control    Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.39.48 AM    drag  Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.28.45 AM    and  Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 9.23.08 AM
  • Create and other variable  and write -1    Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.30.10 AM
  • Drag  Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.28.45 AM  and go to  operators and drag    Screen Shot 2014-12-09 at 9.44.38 AM    and      after that put time in the first square of the green code and then put everything in the “if”

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  • After that click event and drag broadcast
  • And paste everything together step by step like this :
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For Arduino:

When we put the code in the arduino :

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That means that when we put the code in the arduino like that, and branch it on the computer, it will open in  a window and will do the timer like we program it on the arduino and it will print it on the window until it reaches to 1 but starting by 10 . It will stop print it on the window.

By: Halymatou

Coloring The Wood


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Color is the aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of light being reflected or emitted by them. And wood is the
hard fibrous material that forms the main substance of the trunk or
branches of a tree or shrub.Now I am talk about the coloring wood for
our digital poetry board.

At first we cut MDF wood for digital poetry board. Then we wear an
apron,then we check the wood color is ok. if the wood’s color have some
white , so we take it put on the tale. And we use a burch to coloring
the wood . When we finishing coloring, we put the wood on another table.
after 10m , we will check the wood’s color is good. if not good, do

MDF means Medium density fiberboard (MDF) is a high grade, composite material that performs better than solid wood in many areas. Then we wear black abron for protected yourself.

By: Sultana

Using Epoxied To Attach The Magnets To The Corners Of The Small Board

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Epoxied is a strong hard magnetic silvery-gray metal. Magnetic attach of the iron. Now I am going to talking about how we put epoxied to attach the magnets to the corners of the small board. First we mix the black and white glue together then put the glue in the each corner then put the magnet to attach to the board, we finally chank in the board it’s goes adjunct position or not. The we saw it’s goes adjunct position.

By: Sultana

How To Send The Poem To Twitter From Arduino

As I have said before, after the students from Brooklyn International High School finish their Digital Poetry Machine, whichever poem they create on that board will automatically send to Twitter. So to be able to do that, these students and Mark Kleeb (A member from Beam Center) have to find a way to connect the Arduino with Twitter. Obviously, they can’t use Arduino to post their poems to twitter because Arduino doesn’t have internet (can’t connected because Arduino doesn’t have Ethernet). Then they figured out that they need to attach the Ethernet Shield on the Arduino, so they can connect the Arduino with internet.


Ethernet Shield

Next, they use API (Application Protocol Interface), a program that can help them post their poems to Twitter from Arduino easier in their own way (which is they can create their own app). So instead of going to Twitter.com to post their poem, they just can post it from their app, by getting a code from Dev.twitter.com

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Public APIs, where you can get a lot of codes that can help you post your things from Arduino app.

(POST statuses/update_with_media) and put in their app by that they can just their poems directly to Twitter from Arduino (they programed the app into the Arduino).

            By: Vien 

How To Connect The Four Electrical Wire On The Chip Correctly

First after finishing to program the chip, we cut four medium electrical wires with four different colors ( blue, white, red and white ). After that like we know, we have eight multiplexer .So we take the black wire put it on the four multiplexer of one side and melt the solder to paste it with the multiplexer . Second we take the red electrical wire put it on the last multiplexer of the second side and melt the solder on it to paste it . Third we take the white electrical wire put it on the next multiplexer and melt the solder on it. Fourth we skip one multiplexer and put the blue electrical wire and also melt the solder on it.


By: Halymatou

Romeo & Juliet Robot

In Brooklyn International High School, I’m learning about how to make a robot based on Romeo and Juliet story. So to be able to make it work, we need to do a lot of stuff in this project like design the robot, collecting the materials, programing on Hummingbird.

First we got to think about what our robot will look like and what kind of robot we going to make, Then we collect the material (cardboard, scissor, tapes, hot glue gun, paint, color papers). When we have enough materials, we cut the box and give shape for our robot. Then we, program Hummingbird on scratch and put it and LED lights into the robot. We attached many the wires and recorded lots of video

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After that, we put battery inside of the robot, and we paint color for it. Then we open the box and attached the motors and servos and the wires. We used hot glue to attach everything. We have to melt the glue first,  to then push in the wires and servos. We put a servo on the top so the head can turn different directions, and then put the wires through a hole to control the face.

By: Farzana

Connect The I2C Chip To The Small Board And Test It On Arduino

To be able to let the Arduino read the word that glued on the small boards, these students need to attach the I2C EEPROM chip that they programed on laptop to the small boards. So, after they epoxied the magnets to 4 corners of each boards, they need to solder the wires to the copper tape covering the magnets (red on the top left corner; black in the lower left corner; white on the top right corner; blue in the lower right corner).


Soldering the wires on the copper tape.

On the other sides of the wires, they soldered it to the chip holder with (the only black wire in one side, the red wire is on the top of the other side, they skip the next one and soldered the white wire in the same side as red, after white is blue.)


Then, they plug the I2C chip into the chip holder to test it on Arduino if the word that they programed in the chip is working or not. They plug the Arduino to their computer, connect the wires from Arduino to the back of the big board with the same order of colors as the chip holder.


They open the Arduino on their computer and use a program called “I2C eepromwrite” to test the chip. If the chip is working, Arduino will  read and show it on I2C eepromwrite’s window.


By: Vien 

Setup And Cutting (Laser Cutter)

After designed the word on GIMP, they need to use a laser cutter to cut their word out of the cork. To be able to do that, first they need to download a program called “Corel Draw”, a program that they use to print. Then, they open the “Corel Draw” and go to “File”, document and open the “Epilog Engraves” to setup the speed and power for the “Laser cutter” with (30 for speed, 100 (full power) for power and other things). Different materials need different settings.


Epilog Engrave Reference

After they finish all these steps, they can start to download the images from google drive (they have a folder of all images they want to print on google drive). After download the images, they still can’t cut yet, they still need to trace the word and get rid of the color inside and make the line into “Hairline” (Hairline images are cut through, while solids are etched). Then they also need to make sure that the size of the word is fit with the cork, so they have to make it bigger or smaller. After everything is ready, now they can just put the cork into the laser cutter, press print and the “Laser cutter” will print the word out on the cork.  


Putting the cork into the laser cutter machine


The word after you cut it out


This what’s their word look like at the final product


Epilog How to Use Laser Engraver Cutter Video

By: Vien

How To Create The Circuit On The Wooden Board

First, after putting all the two magnets on each of the two sides of the board we cut four pieces of copper tape and paste them on each magnet. After that we take the ship with the four electric wires, take the blue one and the white one on one side and the black one and the red one on the other side.Then melt the solder to paste the the electric wire to the piece of copper tape but don’t forget to put the chip at the middle of the board in the hole and make sure that the end of the electric wire is not too close to the magnet.

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By: Halymatou