Help Send Tech Kits and Books to a Malaysian School in Need!

As part of Redditgifts For Teachers (a special Secret Santa exchange), I was matched with a Form 2 (Grade 8) class in an underdeveloped school in Penang, Malaysia, where the teacher has taken the initiative to teach his students programming in Python. His class is funded entirely by himself and donations from friends.

He is looking for some specific kits and books for his computer literacy class, and I would like to get more people to chip in and send stuff over. He’s the only Malaysian schoolteacher to have signed up, and as a geek myself I wish I had a teacher like him growing up in JB!

His wishlist - all of this can be new or used:

  1. Lego Robotics kits
  2. Arduino kits
  3. raspberry pi kits
  4. Textbooks on Java, Python, C for the school library

What I am asking for:

1. Shipments of smaller sets or books to be sent to his class
Some Malaysian distros (some of them have starter packs for about RM100 - RM200, ~US$30 - US$40):

2. People to chip in and get one of the bigger education-level sets, such as the Lego Robotics Education set (over RM2000, close to US$700)
I’m a little wary of being the financial point person for this but if someone else wants to help out please do so.

3. Connections to organisations or clubs that want to help
I contacted edu360 as well as Penang Science Cluster. If you are a regular member on LowYat please post this there!

4. Resources for other places to buy stuff on his wishlist, especially affordable ones

I am specifically targeting Malaysians, but if you are elsewhere in the world and want to help out feel free! Shipping deadline is Sept 18 and I plan to send out a starter kit by then so at least they have *something*, but more is always handy.

Contact me (Tiara, notyourexrotic, me[at]creatrixtiara[dot]com) for details: I asked the redditgifts staff and they said I can make the general details publicly known but not the teacher’s name or school.

And do share! Thank you!

Curating comfortable environments to fail in.

Even though I kept joining maker spaces to try to learn about electronics/ programming, I’ve always felt as though there was always a social barrier to climb over before I could actually tackle a project. It’s either I had to research a project myself and befriend someone to help figure out my questions (is there such thing as a stupid question?), or pay for a class (which usually never helped me solve my project problems).

So I decided to curate a group where people of different skill levels and backgrounds could come and try to tackle something new (either in a group or through solo projects). Whether learning how to use an Arduino, Raspberry Pi, or just wanted to start learning how to program without the intimidation of a Maker Space, or the financial obligation of having to take a class.

The current plan so far is to run the group meetups for solo/ independent projects, and then tackle one big project together as a collective to submit to the final year art show (at OCADU).


Yo ho! Someone using an infrared censor.


Whats going on: 2 people on a Rasp Pi project, 1 person beginning to use command line, 1 person using Wolfram Mathematica to sharpen an image, 1 person figuring out how to use an infrared sensor. 


Gotta snack on samosas. Edible geometry.

OCADU Computer Club is free to attend.
Updates will be posted soon.

Finished coding my comm link for my Knights of Sidonia cosplay!
Actually finished it a long time ago, just held off on adding a bilingual/Japanese interface.

It reads luminosity, humidity, temperature, and dew point because… I dunno, SCIENCE!
The other page reads G-force in all X, Y, Z axes (there is a warning that says if G is zero, you’re adrift in space (!!!), and to turn on your SOS! :O ).
Definitely basic environmental info a space suit should need, especially when humanity is looking for a new, extraterrestrial home, right?!

This was pretty easy and quick to do, since all it really does is read input values from 3 sensors (humidity/temperature sensor, accelerometer, photosensor), adjusts/scales them to values meaningful to us humans, and outputs it on the LCD.
One button is all that’s needed to switch from 2 (or more if so desired) pages, and to toggle the language (hold the button for 5 seconds) between English and Japanese.

Another feature I wanted to add was a gyro, so it can continuously point to the user where Sidonia is (or in my case, my car or hotel room, lol). But that required more math and pricey components than I have resources for at the moment.

Now just gotta paste this entire contraption into my glove!:D

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Per Holmquist's Beat Blox is an Arduino-powered interactive DJ station. that employs 15 sensors and three turntables. Participants can alter the rhythm by adding or subtracting small blocks from the turntables. Now, if only Fisher-Price would mass produce these…

Via Wired.

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I’m making an RGB LED pendant..

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Super Sequence Fighter

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Semáforo de carro e pedestre interativo #arduino #led #it (em Ulbra Torres)

Final Project Checkpoint 2 – Building Connection Between Processing and Arduino

Step 1 Refine Processing Sketch

Since this project is built on my former Processing project (a game, Bubble Burst), firstly, I need to refine the processing code to open up new variables to receive data from Arduino.

The key variable is the X position of the control bar (at the bottom of the screen).


Step 2 Set the port

To have processing communicating to Arduino, basically, we need to set these two thing to respond to a same port. I referred to this tutorial from Arduino’s official site.

Here my port in Arduino is the fifth, so in Processing, I also set the port to be the fifth.



Step 3 Test

Then I ran the Processing sketch to see whether the control bar in the game responds to the physical position.


Current Circuit

Testing Video

Next Step

  • Test more to find the most suitable distance range. Map the data to the range
  • Use 3D print to create a controller