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Hacking Nature's Musicians | Mexico

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Have you ever seen how excited a kid gets when they learn how something "magical" works, like the circuitry inside of an electronic toy? What if they could build their very own chirping cricket from a 9 volt battery and discrete electronic components (no audio recording)?

I am raising money to purchase electronic supplies for my upcoming fellowship at Tortuga Escondida in Akumal, Mexico (October 23 - November 20, 2018). I've been invited to make electronic art inspired by the jungle and Mayan culture, and outreach is key to my fellowship. I would like to take enough supplies with me that I can host a hands-on "electronics 101" workshop for the locals. I will leave these supplies behind at the end of my fellowship because this is a remote area and it's very difficult to get electronic equipment there. People with the knowledge and confidence to hack electronics can fix broken circuits, harvest components from old electronic devices, build their own circuits, and see electricity in a whole new way.

The supplies that I intend to buy with donated funds are widely used by hobbyists and makers, such as wire cutters, a soldering iron, breadboard(s), a multimeter, and discrete electronic components (resistors, transistors, capacitors, LEDs, etc.) While large donations are much appreciated, even small donations help: a pack of 100 resistors costs less than $3. I have until October 15 to raise money to purchase supplies before I leave. 

While I'm there, I plan to document my experience and post regular updates to social media. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, and/or Hackaday.io to see how your contribution enables me to explore electricity in the jungle of Quintana Roo, and empowers aspiring makers in Akumal, Mexico.

For details about my creative electronics (work that will continue in Mexico), please visit my project page: Hacking Nature's Musicians

Thank you so much for your generous support!

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Dear friends,

I have recently returned from an amazing five weeks in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico. The electronic supplies that you so generously helped me to purchase have been donated to the Akumal Community Center and there are numerous enthusiastic recipients (who, before now, have never had an opportunity to build circuits or safely experiment with electricity). I've written a summary of my entire fellowship experience on my blog, including a description and photographs of my work with electrical engineering and Akumal pueblo. Please link here to read:

https://www.kellyheatonstudio.com/blog/2018/11/30/hacking-natures-musicians-in-mexico

Thank you again for your support of this work. I wish I could express in words the profound gratitude that I feel, and that I witnessed in the pueblo of Akumal, Mexico. Yum bo'otik (Mayan for "thank you," or "with God's grace").

All my best,

Kelly
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Hello everyone, here's an update on Hacking Nature's Musicians in Mexico:

I have settled at the Tortuga Escondida research center, which is situated in the middle of a tropical jungle on top of the largest underground river system in the world. It's humid and full of creatures, as you would expect, but my electronic workspace is nice and secure. I've had an introductory conversation with a community leader in Akumal, and we have decided to introduce electrical engineering in stages. In about a week, another artist will host a workshop designed for total beginners to learn the basics of circuit design. Based on community response, I will create a workshop to work with people on a slightly (or maybe very?) more complex level of electrical engineering. In other words, we are trying to identify who in the community has a penchant for hacking electronic things -- and it may turn out that I work with a combination of kids and adults. I will keep you posted as the story unfolds! Meanwhile, please follow me on Facebook, Instagram, or Hackaday.io to see the circuits that I am building inspired by nature's musicians.

Thank you so much for your support!

Kelly
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I've packed "Hacking Nature's Musicians" for Mexico! The supplies that you so generously donated (or which I purchased thanks to your support) are now in my suitcase. I leave tomorrow 10/2/18 and will post updates once I'm settled at the Tortuga Escondida facilities near Akumal, Mexico. Thank you so much for making this possible - and please check out my blog ( www.kellyheatonstudio.com/blog) and my Hackaday project ( https://hackaday.io/project/161443-hacking-natures-musicians) where I will post updates on my progress.
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I am thrilled to report that I have achieved my financial goal thanks to your support! Now, leading up to my departure on October 22, I will be busy ordering and packing supplies. Please be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook so you can keep track of my progress in Mexico. Thank you *so* much for supporting "Hacking Nature's Musicians" -- I couldn't have done it without you!!
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