Make a happy machine that claps, blows bubbles, sprays glitter, pops up a heart, or does anything fun really!
Code an animated greeting, code a game you can play together virtually, make a light-up display, create a custom emoji, wire up a speaker, make a robot, or create a photo/video to send.
Make something happy or peaceful to look at - like a mini garden, fountain, a work of art, or a message to share and see.
Sounds can be familiar, comforting, soothing, informative and exciting! What do you think someone would want to hear in self-isolation? From morse code to a custom made song - what kind of audio message or communication device will you invent?
We’re all in this together and are limited in what we have at home. Whether its doing a magic trick with an old banana peel or using a piece of paper to teach someone how to do origami - there are millions of ways to make someone smile at a distance.
Have access to tools? Computer software? 3D printer? Robotics? Invent something complex that does a simple task. Invent something simple that results in complex emotions. Almost any invention will make people happy! And as always - use parent supervision with tools!
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