Giant Educational Breadboard
Giant Educational Breadboard

Giant Educational Breadboard

When teaching in my local FabLab and makerspace, I noticed that a lot of children have difficulties with understanding how a breadboard works. I went online to see if someone already came up with a solution, but never found anything that fit my thought a 100% as just enlarging the board is not good enough. Therefore I decided to build my own giant breadboard with working components. The first part of the project exists out of a giant, flexible, board that's meant for the teachers. All the lines of a breadboard are visible and once the components and the lab power supply is connected, it all works. The teacher is able to give a demo on a giant breadboard.

The second part of the project are the breadboards for children. Each pair of children gets an A4 sized breadboard to try their first circuits on. Once again, just enlarging the board was not enough, so I used a combination of easy to find materials to make the board. The base layer is made out of multiplex wood, while the two top layers are made out of see-through plexiglass. At all times the lines of the breadboard are visible for the children.

The Giant Breadboard is meant to acquire knowledge and understanding about basic electronic principles and facts and to train skills in breadboard prototyping. Also, it stimulates collaboration, inquisitiveness and reflection. Moreover, it inspires visionary plans because of the giant size and playfulness.
It makes it easy to grasp abstract concepts for young children and it lowers barriers for non-experts but curious minds.

Belgium


Giant Educational Breadboard

Amy Beaulisch

Amy Beaulisch obtained her professional Bachelor degree in Industrial Product Design at HoWest, in Kortijk in 2017 and is passionate about traveling, boats, FabLabs and Makerspaces.

After spending her childhood and teenage years in Belgium, she did some exchanges to countries such as Iceland and Paraguay. During her exchanges in Iceland, she came in contact with the FabLab community. After struggling through the high learning curve of the FabAcademy, she found her place in the community and began to expand her network of FabLabs and MakerSpaces. At the moment Amy can identify 6 FabLabs where she has had an effect on the operation for a longer period of time. The FabLab in Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland where she was first triggered. FabLab Leuven, where she kept the lab open for several summers as a volunteer and a jobstudent and supervised children's camps. The eco-fab lab in Bruges that she helped launch together with like-minded people. But also the Benjamin Franklin Science Corner in Paraguay where she provided training for the volunteers and gave lessons to children from all social classes. As the last lab she can add the ULB lab where she followed the FabAcademy during the spring of 2019 and made the necessary contacts for collaborations between De Creative STEM/ Ingegno and ULB / VUB.

In addition to her network of FabLabs, she also built some (educational) tools together with De Creative STEM. Within her training as an Industrial Product Designer, Amy developed the MakerUnit, the portable tables that are used in the Ingegno Lab. In addition, she took the time within the FabAcademy to further develop the idea of ​​a "giant breadboard".

Within The Creative STEM she is responsible for the follow-up of, among others, projects of Flanders Make and Digital Skills Fund Belgium and the Designathon Works designathon. In addition, she and Cristina are deployed in workshops with disadvantaged groups because of her experience gained in other FabLabs and countries.


Stand D34 (pav. 5) - Amy Beaulisch / De Creatieve STEM

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