Interactive Pencil Drawings: Drawings That Tell a Story!

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Margaret Pezalla-Granlund, a Minnesota artist, came up with this really fun and surprising activity using graphite from a pencil, connected with a Pico Cricket to tell a story: "The first time I saw someone draw a line with a pencil to connect a circuit, I didn't think about it much. But then I experimented, and realized I could make a drawing, then attach a sensor, a Cricket, and a sound recorder -- and have the drawing tell a story!" Pico Cricket is required. No programming experience is necessary, this activity is for beginners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Pico Cricket kit
  • Graphite, the softer the lead, the better, try different types of lead pencils
  • Paper


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
      • Computer Science
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Circuits

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Computers
  • Electronics


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access