The Joy of Making
This animation shows the central mechanics of a SEWING MACHINE. The hole in the needle can hold a thread. The spinning bobbin catches the needle thread coming down, wrapping it around its own thread before the needle pulls the threads tight as it goes back up. This creates a fine lock stitch holding together the layers of fabric. Pretty amazing, isn't it? Do you think you could have thought of this?
Elias Howe, who came up with this, said that he had a dream in which people were carrying spears that had holes near their points, and that this is what made him realize what he needed to add to his sewing machine design.
It's likely that his imagination just kept working on the problem even while he was sleeping, and his dream was one way for him to realize what he was thinking about.
Others have come up with answers to problems in other ways besides dreams, but all of these stories point to a fundamental desire in human beings, and that's to make things that make our lives better in some way.
Beginning to Make:
Look at small things. Are they part of something else? If you took them apart, could they be put together in another way? Or added to something else to make it different?
Look at moving things. What parts move? What kind of motion do they use? What keeps them moving? What makes them stop? If somebody made them, how do they improve upon living things that move?
Look at tools and utensils. What part of you are they meant to improve upon or keep from harm?
Look at sheltering things. Are they made of strong things to keep something from invading your space? Are they simple things that keep you from getting hot or cold or wet or sunburned? What other things are shelters that aren't houses or buildings? What do you think made somebody want to make those? Did you think of clothing as shelter?
Look at communicating things. What do you think made somebody want to make those? How would you make them better for yourself and your world?
Using the Raspberry Pi site as our starting point, find a project that makes something interesting to you using the Raspberry Pi.
Write me up a description, and tell me where the idea came from. Tell me in the description what you expect your project will be like when it is working, and what you'll need to obtain, do, and learn in order to make it work.