Kinetic Sculpture: Program the Pico Cricket to Make Your Art Light Up or Spin

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Use a Pico Cricket (micro-controller) to animate your art! You can program a Pico Cricket to make your art spin, light up, or make music. This activity contains many helpful links that explain how to make motion modules, links to kinetic artists and student examples. Pico Cricket is required. No experience programing? That's okay, because this activity is for beginners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Pico Cricket
  • Craft / art materials
  • Glue gun
  • motor


  • 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


Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0087813