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MCard KMoody Physics Benchmark

For our physics project me and keith used the american flag. We decided to use 8 light bulbs but to get to this number took some time, because we wanted to originally use 23 light bulbs but we were told that, that would be to many light bulbs. Next we thought about using 16 light bulbs and that was still thought to be too many light bulbs so then we finally got down to a grand total of using 8 light bulbs. After we got the amount of light bulbs we used we were trying to figure out how we were going to align the light bulbs to where they would light up but also look nice, neat and organized as well. Then we chose the colors for our light bulbs and since we did the american flag we chose the colors red, white and blue.
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A sugar skull is a traditional Mexican mask and candy that is most prominently made during the day of the dead celebration. The candy version of sugar skulls are used to adorn alters and can be eaten. I came up with the design for my mask by vigorously researching traditional sugar skull designs. The design I used on my mask is slightly different from the design I initially sketched. I changed the design for the mask because all the extra details in my sketch would not have fit on it. 

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   My first design 

When I began this project, my first step was to sketch a design for my mask. Then, I molded the plaster to the face of my classmate Wynn. After this I allowed the mask time to dry and harden. Once the mask was dry, I painted only the black outlines on it. After that was dry, I painted in the colored sections. To finish off the mask I put a coat of clear gloss on it to give it a shiny exterior. 


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Drawing of a face
(Cross eyed Chaplin)
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Walking to the light

This is  and image of a shoe that I made light up by creating a circuit inside of it.I choose to do a shoe because shoes are things that help me to get around each day. Also shoes will help me walk to my success.
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Tyler Creighton

Childhood Obesity

Children in America are becoming fat. “Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.”  33 percent of children and teens are currently obese.  Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat.  Parents feed their children technically twice a day. They feed them breakfast and dinner, but even though they are not there during the school day, (they can control what their child is eating in between the time.) What they can't control are the snacks they eat while they're not in their parents supervision. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.The reason most children in America are becoming obese is either because they are following in their parents footsteps or they have no control of the food they are eating.Excess weight and obesity in childhood and adolescence has become a serious public health concern in the United States.  Most  of a child’s diet is controlled by the parents, parents should be held responsible for childhood obesity.




Obesity is one of the easiest thing to realize but the most difficult thing to change.Obesity is an excess proportion of total body fat. A person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight. The most common measure of obesity is the body mass index or BMI.Obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than he or she burns.Obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than he or she burns. What doesn’t help it is the inactivity.

As mentioned on OECD the percentage of child obesity has increased 15% over the last 2 years. Two type of diabetes has doubled over the years also. 25% of children ages 8-16 watch four or more hours  of television a day. Having  obese parents substantially raises a child's risk of becoming obese.Implications for the life expectancy of obese youth who are likely to experience higher rates of hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes than their parents. Past studies have shown childhood obesity to be more strongly associated with mother’s weight than father’s weight.To find out the effects of maternal and paternal weight on obesity risk in children researchers reviewed 4,432 UK families and 7,078 children, aged between 2 and 15 years.In America children are allowed to go in fast food places without a parent,compared to the UK  who decided create a law that children are not allowed inside of Mc’Donalds without a parent.Parents are then able to decide what they would like there child to eat and moniter what there child is eating.Other laws were based off of this.For example Mc’Donalds now has to give you apples with every happy meal. This is a good way to help maintain childrens weight and diet because while eating a fatty unhealthy meal they are still receiving some type of nutrition.

Weight loss is not a good approach for most young children, since their bodies are growing and developing. A restrictive diet may not supply the energy and nutrients needed for a normal growth and development. Parents and caregivers can help prevent childhood obesity by providing healthy meals and snacks, daily physical activity, and nutrition education. Increased physical activity reduces health risks and helps weight management.This is an easy way of maintaining your childs diet because between the ages of 6-13 because around those ages whatever your parent does more than likely,your child will also.Parents play a role model in their childs life.By excersising and making it fun, cutting down snacks and junk food this will play a good role and great beginning in there childs life. There is a lack of ready access to healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.  Families in poorer communities often live in “food deserts” where supermarkets and grocery stores are scarce or charge higher prices for healthy foods than processed foods. Families with less income must often rely on convenience stores and small neighborhood stores that offer few, if any, healthy food choices. To make matters worse, many underserved communities, particularly in urban areas, have an overabundance of fast food establishments that are often located near schools and playgrounds.Parents also need to monitor amount of calories their child consumes.By the age of 13 an average child should be consuming 1,600 calories a day, and a more active child should consume about 2,000.  However, children began consuming more calories in 2007-2008, they began consuming 16 to 20% more calories a day. Surprisingly for an average child to become obese they need to consume 64 calories more than a normal child per day. By applying proper nutrition, better eating habits and physical activity, any child can live a healthy life.     


Obesity can be prevented in many ways. By parents making sure their child is receiving physical activity on a daily bases, and a healthy diet, there parental involvement will better their children's growth and maintaining a healthy diet.When thinking of obesity, the thought is scary. This is a very big issue mainly in America  but other places also. It can even be prevented in more simpler ways such as ,Paying more attention to your child, showing them love and affection.Don’t closely monitor the amounts your child eats or nag your child to eat at mealtime.   This can interfere with your child’s response to hunger and feeling full.  These two responses are an important basis for healthy eating behaviors. This is preventing children from living a healthy normal life. It is very dangerous for the young crowd especially. Because it is growing rapidly and can cause a lot of health issues , that has to be surgically fixed or a very slow, long, crucial process to get rid of. Over time America is working to decrease the statistics of childhood obesity and prevent more from happening. All this can not be accomplished without the help of parents. Their support and motivation and control of their children's diet can help change this problem.  


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Ahinson Artist statement

When i heard about this project I immediately thought to light up one of my hats. The reason i choose to do a Cowboys hat is because this is a Eagles city. I thought that my favorite team doesn't always get enough "shine" in Philadelphia. Originally i wanted to put the lights on top of the brim of the hat so the light shines on the brim but i came across a few problems. For one i didn't know how to make the holes. The material was too soft to drill, but if i just cut it the holes wouldn't be the correct shape. I decided to put the lights through the pre made holes at the top of the hat. I also wanted to have blue and white mixed lights but because of errors with my blue lights i ended up using my favorite color, red. My over all choice to choose this hat wasn't so much my love for headwear, but my interest in sports.

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Sidney Williamson & Jasmine Hussain Artist Statement

Artist Statement: Physics and art together can produce something that is simple and eye catching. For our project we are making the letters “SLA” light up on a plastic backpack to show our school spirit. We are using the SLA theme colors blue and white with a pop of red for the heart to represent the attachment we have towards our school.


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Morgan Taylor and Brent Scott SLA Back Pack!

​My partner and I chose to do a back pack with the words SLA on it. We used 6 lights in a parallel circuit with a 9 volt battery. The color lights we chose were blue and white because those are our school colors. Since we had to have and off and on switch we decided that if you want to turn on the back pack you just tape the wire to the positive and negative parts of the battery. We also needed to find a way to put SLA on the back pack so we decided to put different colored smily faces because it would help make the lights pop. Although it does not look like all 6 bulbs are lit they are, they are just very dim.
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Sterling Perry and Roger Bracy "Space Jams"


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As sneaker collectors my partner and I have always talked about additions to shoes that can make them better and in some cases worse. When we found out we could put lights on our own custom made sneaker we immediately came up with the concept of a light up Jordan shoe.

There was a wide range of shoes that could have been used, but we wanted ours to have a meaning behind it. Through our research we found that there was a Jordan shoe named the "Space Jams" inspired by his movie. We figured when someone thinks of space they think of stars and moon which can be sources of light.

We went out and purchased a replica of the shoe and began to put in our ideas and apply what we learned about circuits to make a shoe that doesn't look as if we stuffed a bunch of wired inside and made a robotic shoe. But a fashion piece of art.


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Raeven Maddox & Imani Rothwell Artist Entry

Imani and I decided to pick a pumpkin because when we were first introduced to the project, it was around halloween time. We thought that out final product could represent the holiday theme. We thought that we could make the pumpkin look scary to fit the theme as well. 

We used a 9 Volt battery in order for the pumpkin to be lite up. We created a three series circuit. We did this so that the brightness in all of the LED lights could have the same brightness. After we did all of the calculations, we noticed that our light would only last eleven hours. As in the picture, you can tell that the LED are all at the same brightness. 

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Physics Circuit Project by Goldie Robins and Jessica Maiorano


Artist Statement


The reason our circuit project is on a Philadelphia Marathon poster because the Marathon is November 18th 2012 and we our participating in it by running the half marathon and the full marathon. We decided to make the poster big because it reminds us of the posters that people on the sidelines hold up while we run. The blue and green lights that are on our poster represent Students Run Philly Style. Students Run Philly Style is a program that train teenagers, like us to prepare for the marathon. The red lights represent the color in the Philadelphia Marathon logo. While running the half marathon/ marathon one feels like a star so we placed the lights on the middle of the stars. The sneakers one wears are the foundation of running and the main part of training so we wanted to light it up to show the importance and significance of the shoe. A circuit is, a complete and closed path around which circulating electric current can flow. Our project is made up of a three parallel branch circuit that each branch consists of three light bulbs. The reason behind making a parallel circuit is because we wanted to make the light bulbs all the same brightness and last longer. The voltage drop in each branch is the same because each light bulb has ≈ the same resistance.


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Teige Dougherty & Anthony Buchanico's "Electric" Guitar

We chose to use a guitar for many reasons. One reason is that we are both musically inclined and have been for most of our lives. For many musicians music actually lights up when they hear and play it. When we see the guitar and we play it, it is very similar to electricity. We are the power source that lights up the music coming out our own instrument. The light is a metaphor for the feeling we get from interacting with our instruments. It starts to become part of you and you can’t shake it no matter how hard you try. So we decided to turn metaphorical lighting into a literal expression with this guitar! With each fret pressed down with an inlay on it, a light shines to show that metaphorical light that we see as musicians. This Acoustic guitar is now a glimmering "electric" guitar.

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Dejah Harley & Tamatha Lancaster "Create" Artist Statement

In physics class, we discussed what a circuit was and the different types of circuits that there were. We learned of the differences between parallel and series circuits, which one is better in certain situations, and the formulas to measure certain things within the circuit. These things are the resistance, current, voltage, voltage drop, and power. These formula was Ohms Law and the Power formula. After learning this, we were asked to make a circuit within a sculpture that represent us. We chosed to make a circuit while sculpting something artistic because it represents our passions. With that in mind, we spelled the word “create” with wire while having lightbulbs in between sticking out of the canvas. These light bulbs light up above the circuit, while the actual circuit lies on the back of the canvas. Our circuit represents the one thing that we both love to do, create.


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Amanda Cartagena- iPad

The reason why I chose this project is because since i'm always on my iPad I decided to make a replica of it made out of cardboard. I wanted the circuit to work when you pressed the button, just like a iPad will turn on when you pressed the home button. My replica was just a bigger model of a iPad, it has one series with three light bulbs running off of a 9voltage battery, and since we needed a on and off switch I chose the home button to be the on and off switch.
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Jordan Hairston and Laura De Jesus Artist Statement

When the circuit benchmark was first presented to us, we had a few ideas of what our main object could be because of what they mean to us. One of our ideas was to make a Nike check light up. The Nike check is the Nike Company's logo. The Nike check was an option because Nike is Laura's favorite sneaker brand. She wanted to run a circuit through a basketball sneaker and have the outlining of it shine. Another idea of Laura's was to run a circuit through the base of an iPhone case and light up the border of the Apple logo.
Even though these were good brainstorming ideas, we both found common ground with a music representation. As music lovers and musicians, our love for music inspired us to create our own eighth music note. The structure of the note could be sculpted out of clay and the way that it is neatly structured and decorated also shows our appreciation overall.We chose to create a eighth note instead of any other music note because it is a common design and representation of music overall. Other than a treble clef, the eighth note is a favorite of ours. The first sketch of our music note would have had original and addition designs to the border of it. We choose to decorate the eighth note in a way in which the note will sparkle and shine even when it is not lit up. From the color schemes of the box, to the amount of glitter sprinkled around the note, our sculpture is the best way to show our appreciation for music.

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"Box Of Dreams" Artist Statement

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I had my idea really fast, but it's wasn't as easy as others might have thought. I call this my "Box Of Dreams". I had many reason to call it that but the major one is that it represents me a lot. It shows my artistic side, and a few things that I care a lot about in my life. This also has music that goes it. It was very fun to make it. I really liked doing it.

I first started with the idea I want for this project. I had a lot of ideas that came into my head, but I had to make something that would represent me. So I picked the idea of a music box because I love music and I can show my artistic ways better with this idea. So when the idea was set I had to think of a way that I can involve a circuit. We had learn a lot about parallel/series circuit. I was only going to have 4 bulbs in my circuit so a parallel wouldn't work for me. So I made it into a series circuit. I build my circuit and then started constructing it into my music box. I had a switch installed into the circuit.
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Nuri Bracey & De'Vante Taggart's "Magic Box".

 De'Vante and I have something in common, we both love fancy watches! Our watches have been complimented many times, and we enjoy fishing for new pieces to add to the collection.  We chose to have our project's base be a classy Charles Dumont watch box, and were deeply depressed when we had to drill holes in it. We gutted the box so that is completely bare inside, and poked 4 holes above and below the label. The yellowish/gold lights represent the watch colors we love, and the red/green are supposed to hint at the idea of getting watches for Christmas.

Our circuit is powered by one 9 volt battery. Each branch (the row of bulbs) is in a series circuit, and the entire project is in a parallel circuit. We did this so that the brightness would be equal amongst bulbs, and so that we could maximize the battery life, which stands at 30 minutes. A hole in the side (hidden in picture) allows for wires to be placed on the exterior that would press against the battery protruding from the side. As you can tell, the box shines brightly and brilliant, and so do the watches that came out of it.
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Circuits Experiment Artist statement Tyler Creighton

​Almost every year since I was 4 I have been dancing. From jazz, to tapp, to ballet , hip-hop,african,moden, lyrical contemporary, and even gymnastics.It began to become to difficult to fit dance in my agenda now that I I am in high school but some how I have found a way. I learned that not every genre is the same but with the techniques you will be able to master all of them very simply.Incorporating my everyday life into projects has always been fun and enjoyable simply because i am able to express myself through something so little.I chose to use a ballerina as my base(foundation). Ballet has slowly became my favorite genre. It works you the hardest and is the most strict genre out of the many I have done. When I saw my ballerina I knew it was so ! I thought about how when you think about a ballerina you think about her shoes and tutu. So I decided to make those glow. I thought about it as even when its dark a ballerina can still glow. 



I started my process by sketching my circuit diagram on paper and marking the ballerina where I wanted to add my circuits and my bulbs.My circuit diagram ended up being three bulbs in a series. After that I made tiny holes and connected all of my wires with each other. The hardest parts of this whole process were finding the right calculations and finding a switch that worked with my circuit. After building this circuit and a lot of hard work the viewers will be able to just hit the switch and Tadaaa there ya go tinker bell ;)


Here is the link to access my essay . And work.
https://docs.google.com/a/scienceleadership.org/document/d/1SkqyY9CuKN9wZ67Fea86CvUFre6qoufynLY8ampUxQ4/edit
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Tyler Creighton

Childhood Obesity

Children in America are becoming fat. “Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.”  33 percent of children and teens are currently obese.  Obesity is among the easiest medical conditions to recognize but most difficult to treat.  Parents feed their children technically twice a day. They feed them breakfast and dinner, but even though they are not there during the school day, (they can control what their child is eating in between the time.) What they can't control are the snacks they eat while they're not in their parents supervision. Unhealthy weight gain due to poor diet and lack of exercise is responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year.The reason most children in America are becoming obese is either because they are following in their parents footsteps or they have no control of the food they are eating.Excess weight and obesity in childhood and adolescence has become a serious public health concern in the United States.  Most  of a child’s diet is controlled by the parents, parents should be held responsible for childhood obesity.




Obesity is one of the easiest thing to realize but the most difficult thing to change.Obesity is an excess proportion of total body fat. A person is considered obese when his or her weight is 20% or more above normal weight. The most common measure of obesity is the body mass index or BMI.Obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than he or she burns.Obesity occurs when a person consumes more calories than he or she burns. What doesn’t help it is the inactivity.

As mentioned on OECD the percentage of child obesity has increased 15% over the last 2 years. Two type of diabetes has doubled over the years also. 25% of children ages 8-16 watch four or more hours  of television a day. Having  obese parents substantially raises a child's risk of becoming obese.Implications for the life expectancy of obese youth who are likely to experience higher rates of hypertension, elevated cholesterol, and Type 2 diabetes than their parents. Past studies have shown childhood obesity to be more strongly associated with mother’s weight than father’s weight.To find out the effects of maternal and paternal weight on obesity risk in children researchers reviewed 4,432 UK families and 7,078 children, aged between 2 and 15 years.In America children are allowed to go in fast food places without a parent,compared to the UK  who decided create a law that children are not allowed inside of Mc’Donalds without a parent.Parents are then able to decide what they would like there child to eat and moniter what there child is eating.Other laws were based off of this.For example Mc’Donalds now has to give you apples with every happy meal. This is a good way to help maintain childrens weight and diet because while eating a fatty unhealthy meal they are still receiving some type of nutrition.

Weight loss is not a good approach for most young children, since their bodies are growing and developing. A restrictive diet may not supply the energy and nutrients needed for a normal growth and development. Parents and caregivers can help prevent childhood obesity by providing healthy meals and snacks, daily physical activity, and nutrition education. Increased physical activity reduces health risks and helps weight management.This is an easy way of maintaining your childs diet because between the ages of 6-13 because around those ages whatever your parent does more than likely,your child will also.Parents play a role model in their childs life.By excersising and making it fun, cutting down snacks and junk food this will play a good role and great beginning in there childs life. There is a lack of ready access to healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein.  Families in poorer communities often live in “food deserts” where supermarkets and grocery stores are scarce or charge higher prices for healthy foods than processed foods. Families with less income must often rely on convenience stores and small neighborhood stores that offer few, if any, healthy food choices. To make matters worse, many underserved communities, particularly in urban areas, have an overabundance of fast food establishments that are often located near schools and playgrounds.Parents also need to monitor amount of calories their child consumes.By the age of 13 an average child should be consuming 1,600 calories a day, and a more active child should consume about 2,000.  However, children began consuming more calories in 2007-2008, they began consuming 16 to 20% more calories a day. Surprisingly for an average child to become obese they need to consume 64 calories more than a normal child per day. By applying proper nutrition, better eating habits and physical activity, any child can live a healthy life.     


Obesity can be prevented in many ways. By parents making sure their child is receiving physical activity on a daily bases, and a healthy diet, there parental involvement will better their children's growth and maintaining a healthy diet.When thinking of obesity, the thought is scary. This is a very big issue mainly in America  but other places also. It can even be prevented in more simpler ways such as ,Paying more attention to your child, showing them love and affection.Don’t closely monitor the amounts your child eats or nag your child to eat at mealtime.   This can interfere with your child’s response to hunger and feeling full.  These two responses are an important basis for healthy eating behaviors. This is preventing children from living a healthy normal life. It is very dangerous for the young crowd especially. Because it is growing rapidly and can cause a lot of health issues , that has to be surgically fixed or a very slow, long, crucial process to get rid of. Over time America is working to decrease the statistics of childhood obesity and prevent more from happening. All this can not be accomplished without the help of parents. Their support and motivation and control of their children's diet can help change this problem.  



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Saber Entertainment: Sean McAnich and Antonio Reveron


Artist Statement

This idea was Sean's. Sean started a business idea primarily about videogames. This company came to be known as Saber Entertainment. I happened to join Saber as my ILP, and it has been great. The business has potential. Now back to the matter at hand. Sean proposed that we would make the Saber Entertainment logo for the project. The Saber Entertainment logo is a shield with SE on the front and two sabers crossed behind it. Sabers are curved, bulky swords, just in case people needed to know what a saber is.

Now, it's time to go into detail of what Sean proposed. We would have three bulbs, two at the ends of each hilt (the end of a sword), and a bulb up top, in the middle. Thus, we made a parallel circuit. We would cut two holes, and have two wires at perfect distance to match up with the 9-volt battery. We would then make a key with a 9-volt battery in it. The key would have SE at the end of it. We put the battery in the key, the key will have wires, and when the wires touch the wires in the shield, they will light up. However, due to time, we had to make just the shield. We scratched the sabers and the SE at the end of the key. So I could say the hardest thing that happened to us was to build the thing before the one week we had to build was up. It still works. Saber!!! (The key was not finished just yet in the picture.)



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The Book - Sarah-Charlotte Brown and Vannary Kom

Artist Statement

We chose to light up a book because Vannary and I both like to read. Reading means a lot to us,  and writing is also very important to me because I want to write novels for a living in the future. We did not want do anything harmful to the book itself, so we decided to create the book out of cardboard and use only the cover. The specific book we used (L.A Candy) did not really have any meaning to us, as it is simply representing any books/novels we read in our lives. Based on the cover design of the book, we decided that we wanted to light up some of the hearts. The white hearts had white lights, and the pink heart had a pink light.

All of the lights did light up, but some are harder to see in the picture because they are dimmer than the rest.





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The Gray House and a Flag Pole! by Aaron VanBuren

The reason why I chose to make The Gray House and a Flag Pole because I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. In class I saw a block of wood and a wooden stick and thought of a flag pole. From there I started to slowly create a flag pole, I collected the light bulbs and need somewhere to put all my components and I found a small box and that became the gray house. In the picture blow, shows the Gray House and the Flag Pole! 
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Victoria Odom - Music Lights Up My World

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For this project we were asked to create a sculptural piece of art that is an electric circuit running off a 9 volt battery. I made a sculpture where music notes light up. I chose to create this because music is major part of my life and has a great impact on who I am as a person today. Music is always there for me when I'm down or even in a great mood. It lights up my world. :)
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