Meet Danielle Delgado
Danielle Delgado is a 14-year-old maker based in Gilbert, Arizona. When she’s not in school, she’s busy inventing a full-spectrum of projects using littleBits and 3D printers. Danielle recently received a littleBits Gizmos and Gadgets kit, invented a spooky Rotto-Horrorgram-Lamp and shared her inventing experience with us.
What new side of you did littleBits unlock?
Communication and teamwork. First, comes the brainstorming, usually with my dad, then we present the idea to my mom and finally we go to work as a team on a specific project. littleBits allows you to work in a very creative environment, where we can communicate and easily try new ideas and projects. Every bit, basic or advanced brings lots of things to the table for a fun learning environment.
What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you and your parents, were bitten by the littleBits bug?
Well, we explore while we play with all the bits, we don’t have to solder (beautiful) they fit so perfectly, ideas come to mind and then voila. littleBits allows you to efficiently iterate from prototyping to final end product in an easily learning and fun way. The fact is that since with littleBits components, you don’t need to solder (which is very time consuming). You are able to assemble your project very quickly in many different ways still you are always satisfied with your solution. Seriously… littleBits is maker’s BFF and I mean it!
What everyday objects have you reinvented?
Having a 3-D printer at home gives us the opportunity to enjoy the perfect combination of littleBits and 3-D printing. I have given presentations at schools where I use littleBits and some 3-D printing objects to create a robotic arms and teach students about geometry, like sine, cosine, and tangent to make math fun. I have also….
3-D printed the Earth:
… and have hacked Lego kits using littleBits to add a bit of pizzazz.
What imaginary worlds did your inventions open up?
Being able to think up the unimaginable and then making it a reality is one of the most empowering parts of making any project. It really makes me feel like I can do/make anything, that is what makes me want to continue making projects.
What was your favorite collaborative moment with your parents?
The brainstorming part and the beginning of the idea process is where everyone can give their own opinion and we can discuss the overall idea. After that, I take care of the assembling part and play with littleBits. They also are a big part in reviewing the final product. After I film and edit project, they are the first people to watch my videos and help me improve them.