“Energy” is a class that focuses on renewable sources of energy and forces us to look back and remember how human muscle was once the biggest source of it.

For our Kinetic project we were asked to build  a mechanism that can produce a lot of light. Xiwei and myself, being enthusiasts of using everyday materials as much as possible – connected a measuring tape to our stepper motor.

To start of with, we opened up the measuring tape and connected levers to the case that contains the spring load. The levers are then connected to the stepper motor. What this does is, makes the motor turn as we pull out the tape or move it back.

Below is our video of the first prototype