The Impacts of Exploring



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Whenever I am learning a new tool or working with new materials, I usually start by looking up a tutorial. When working from a guide, I don’t have to worry so much about failing, figuring out where to start, or creating a final product. But sometimes, I find myself unknowingly relying on guides and forgetting about the possibilities that sometimes arise from just exploring.

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When we work on our maker projects, we often source our materials from different shops online and within a week or so it arrives in the maker space. I’d been told a place called Lamington Road was Mumbai’s #1 place to get electronics components. I’d always wanted to go but, it’s usually way easier and convenient to order online. It wasn’t until I had forgotten to order a component on my list that I actually visited.

When I arrived, I saw a street lined with every type of electronics component you could want, from LEDs to computer motherboards. I spent about 2 hours perusing the wares each storefront had, filling my Google Keep with project ideas and information on components I’d never even heard of!

From this, I was reminded that while It is undeniably easier and more convenient to order things from online or work from a tutorial, sometimes the biggest impacts come from discovering something through exploring. I learned of the many different types of LEDs which helped us improve our LED Constellations activity as well as inspired a new activity we’re running using LEDs in clothing.

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Learning through exploration is the main reason our school maker spaces provide access to a wide variety of tools and materials. This type of learning often leads to student projects like the robotic handsvideo games that interact with you in the physical world, and hanging ball pianos. Lastly, it helps show us in the R&D department what the impacts of our prototypes are and where they show room for improvement.