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Chatty Light Up Face Mask with Kathy Ceceri

July 7, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT

Make your face mask stand out in a crowd!

Join maker-educator-author Kathy Ceceri to level up a simple face mask with a pouch (could be hand sewn), with an Adafruit Circuit Playground Express inside. Then programming it with MakeCode to approximate a mouth moving with lights as you speak.

Mask Materials:
  • 8”x16” piece of fabric
  • needle and thread (or sewing machine)
  • iron (helpful, not required)
  • two (2) cords, 30 inches long (strips of t-shirt pulled tight work well)
See the detailed Chatty LightUp Face Mask project guide.

Instructions to sew a super-simple mask with a pouch are here. Note: Leave a 1/2 inch opening in one corner of the bottom seam for the cable that connects the board to the battery pack.

  • Adafruit Circuit Playground Express Base Kit (includes CPX microcontroller board, battery pack, 3 AAA batteries, and USB cable) (buy it on Adafruit or Digikey)
  • Two (2) JST extension cables (buy it on Adafruit or Digikey)
  • Laptop or desktop with internet to access Microsoft MakeCode
    (Note: You can’t download the MakeCode program to the CPX board from a tablet.)
Watch LIVE on the Family Maker Camp FB page or on the Make: Kids Youtube channel.

Find out more on how to use Adafruit Circuit Playground Express HERE.

About Kathy Ceceri
Kathy Ceceri is an award-winning writer, instructional designer, and Maker, with a focus on science, technology, history, and art. She has written articles and created how-to projects for Make, Wired, and Adafruit, and her books for tweens, teens, and other beginners include Paper Inventions, Making Simple Robots, and BOTS!

Kathy was also the Hands-On Learning columnist for Home Education Magazine and the Homeschooling Expert on ThoughtCo, drawing on her experience teaching and learning along with her two grown college graduates from K-12.In addition to writing, She presents workshops for students, educators, and families throughout the Northeastern United States, and designs learning materials for local and national organizations, including robotics badges and cybersecurity activities for the Girl Scouts of the USA.

Kathy lives along the Hudson River in Upstate New York, where she likes to bike, kayak, and go to drive-in movies.
Find out more at kathyceceri.com, and follow her on Twitter @kathyceceri.
See more fun projects in Kathy’s books!


July 7, 2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am PDT
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