Electric cupcakes

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Electric cupcakes


Several years ago, my then science department head and former 9th grade science teacher was retiring. Bob Webster brought me many useful and entertaining ideas. He had our whole department making wikis to share information in the early 00’s. Through him, I learned more about computer repair, web design, programming and electricity. He helped me to cultivate a positive environment encouraging kids to work with and understand concepts that many find intimidating. So what to bring to his party? Electric Cupcakes, of course!

The cupcakes themselves were a standard, dairy free affair, with rice milk substituted for cow milk and margarine for butter. The frosting was also made without butter, and tinted with food coloring. On top I coated them all with a neutral white frosting. Next came the fun part – schematic symbols. Looking around, I found a good set of example symbols in the Chaney 33 in 1 Electronics Kit workbook.

It was a fun project, and a few people at the party noticed the symbols on the cupcakes. Taking pictures of them at the time and sharing them in the MAKE Flickr pool helped create a record of these geeky perishables from days gone by. Designs like this would be neat to try with the Makerbot and its’ Frostruder attachment.


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