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Electronic Paper Sculptures
Posted 04/11/2017 03:17PM

Students in Thomas Cooper's Upper School Introduction to Computer Science course were challenged to create electronic, paper sculptures as an introduction to a branch of computer science called physical computing. The students were limited to using only white paper, in order to produce a monochromatic sculpture that expressed a character trait of a mythical creature. Light emitting diodes, servos and other sensors were employed to portray characteristic movements, emotions, and story elements from an historical cultural myth.

Physical computing challenges students to debug code and to recognize how the physical electrical devices they see in their everyday lives are used, programmed, and maintained. Each sculpture can be turned on using the switch at the bottom of the sculpture. The sculptures are on display in the Vasser Woolley Library.

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