Short Circuits

From The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Series on Digital Media and Learning

Short Circuits

Crafting e-Puppets with DIY Electronics

By Kylie Peppler, Katie Salen Tekinbaş, Melissa Gresalfi and Rafi Santo

Foreword by Christina Cantrill

Tools and methods for creating electronic puppets.





Tools and methods for creating electronic puppets.

Short Circuits offers students opportunities to undertake physical computing projects, providing tools and methods for creating electronic puppets. Students learn how to incorporate microprocessors into everyday materials and use them to enhance their language and writing skills with shadow puppet shows featuring their own DIY flashlights.


$35.00 X ISBN: 9780262027830 392 pp. | 8 in x 9 in 243 color illus., 18 tables


Christina Cantrill.


  • Young people growing up today will surely be called upon to address thorny problems that cut across global, interconnected systems: the environment, the economy, the global infrastructure. Few skills will be more important than the capacity to see, understand, and innovate systems. The Interconnections collection, created through a collaboration among scholars, curriculum developers, and teachers across the National Writing Project, provides approaches to teaching systems thinking through activities that also build literacy and support Common Core Standards and career-readiness. This 'both-and' approach is a demonstration of what forward-looking curriculum must be in a digital age.

    Elyse Eidman-Aadahl

    Executive Director, National Writing Project, University of California, Berkeley

  • The books in this collection offer wonderful activities for engaging young people in new ways of making, helping them learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. But even more important, they engage young people in new ways of seeing, helping them develop new perspectives for understanding the world—and understanding themselves.

    Mitchel Resnick

    LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, and Director, Lifelong Kindergarten group, MIT Media Lab