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Physics meets Fashion!

A great demonstration of series and parallel circuits at work... Light Emitting Diodes do not use waste power as heat as much as light bulbs do, so the battery will last longer.

A simple flip of a small switch hidden in the costume turns on the LEDs.

What did the audience think at the fashion shown?

When the model came onto the catwalk and the lights suddenly went out, the crowd "ooh"ed and "aah"ed when the brilliant wings lit up and spread out.

Introduction:

Inglewood High Year 13 student Tina Fredricksen was eager to learn about electronics...at least enough to produce this fantastic light display when the house lights went out...

Close-up of the wings...

Red LED's are sewn into the cloth with conductive foil.

 

At night...

 

In the light of day...

 

A great demonstration of series and parallel circuits at work...and they look better on the model than on a lab bench! Light emitting diodes do not use waste power as heat as much as light bulbs do so the battery will last longer.

A simple flip of a small switch hidden in the costume turns on the LEDs.

What did the audience think at the fashion shown? When the model came onto the catwalk and the lights suddenly went out, the crowd "ooh"ed and "aah"ed when the brilliant wings lit up and spread out.

Well worth the effort and another example of "just in time learning" leading to useful knowledge and skills.

Well done Tina! (and thanks to the model too!)

 

FIND OUT MORE:-

  1. What are PICAXE chips? - discover how easy it is to build interactive toys, sensors, alarms, games and much more!
  2. Sensors from voltage dividers - apart from sound, PICAXE chips can sense light, temperature and much more...
 

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