Debuting a new curriculum, Red Hat® CO.LAB introduced students at Casey Middle School to building paper circuitry with copper tape and LilyPad Arduino microcontrollers—small, flexible microcontroller boards that can be easily mounted to paper. Each student created 2 electronic pages that will illustrate a book, written by local young adult author Lauren Sabel. Though their pages show their individual efforts to create lights, sounds, motion, and art, the students also learned the basic principles of open source by collaborating with their classmates to build something greater as a group. The final books will be on display at the Boulder Public Library and at Casey Middle School.
With open source, you can build something, and others can work on it, change it, improve it, and make it their own.