Mya Berkey is the inventor behind Pete the Peacock, one of the two winning Animatronics Challenge. Pete had quite a bit of attitude and we just had to learn more about the person behind him.
Where are you based?
I am based in central Illinois.
How would you describe yourself in six words or less?
Creative homeschooled seventh grader.
What was your littleBits “a-ha!” moment? The moment you were bitten by the littleBits bug.
Long before I received littleBits, my dad and I tinkered with old pieces of electronics. After that my dad told me about littleBits. I watched videos of some of the projects like: the remote controlled pet feeder, bitbot, animatronic hand, and BB8 droid. I was hooked. I put the Gizmos and Gadgets and Smart Home Kits on my wishlist. Thanks to generous family members, I received both. At first I made the projects in the booklets, but after seeing the #Animatronicschallenge on Instagram, I decided to make a peacock.
When starting a littleBits project, what does your design and video process look like?
First I complete the circuit, then draw out anything else I need to complete the project and how they fit together. When making the peacock strutting mechanism, it was trial and error. We had to make it easy to move so the servo could turn it. Also, it couldn’t be too pliable. Eventually, we decided to use Lego beams. They worked perfectly! After piecing it together and tweaking it I and filmed it on an iPhone.
How has littleBits impacted you creatively?
littleBits has enabled me to make things that not only look cool, but DO cool things.
What do you plan on inventing next?
We have rabbit and squirrel problems in our backyard, so I plan on making a garden protector to keep them out.
I am a 14 year old, homeschooled eighth grader. I love building and experimenting with electronics. Before getting littleBits My dad and I took apart old printers for parts. However, littleBits makes the building process much faster and simpler.