Hack-a-Costume: Mardi Gras Prep

Use Arduino skills to create your Mardi Gras Costume!

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Sunday, February 2, 2014
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM


Propeller Incubator
4035 Washington Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70125

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Want to learn how to add colorful electronics to a costume or clothing item? In this class we’ll use our Arduinos- programmable circuit boards- and newly acquired electronics skills to make intricate, luminous electronic Mardi Gras costumes!

Possibilities include: pulsing rainbow LED wigs, electro luminescent (EL) wire Tron jackets, LED dance sticks activated by accelerometers, glowing goggles, and much more!

This class is intended for artists, hobbyists, or DIY enthusiasts who are interested in learning about electronics, adding electronic bling to a bike or costume, or figuring out what the Maker Movement is all about. Although programming and electronics experience is helpful, this class is designed for beginners who know little to nothing about these subjects.


Jenna deBoisblanc is a New Orleans native, maker, programmer, artist, and teacher. She majored in physics, which served as her introduction to electronics and Arduinos. While living in New York City, she taught introductory electronics classes and took computer science courses at NYU. In her free time, she loves to tinker; some of her projects include programmable LED bike turning indicators and an electronic MIDI xylophone. Jenna is currently Chief Maker at MakerState, an education startup that’s bringing hands-on STEAM learning to kids around the country. For more information about her work, you can check out her website: jdeboi.com

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Skills covered:

  • Programming the Arduino
  • Soldering
  • Programming Neopixels
  • Working with electro luminescent (EL) wire

Required materials:

  • Laptop
  • Arduino software
  • 3.3V Trinket (Arduino) and USB cord (from previous session)