Make A Big Face Box

Let me take you back to the start of this school year when we at Brilliant Labs Headquarters partnered with LEARNEast and hosted our first (of many) adult nights for teachers. This was an exciting and new concept for us but something that the whole HQ team had been planning to do since the end of last school year. The theme of the event was LEARNEast After Dark and we filled the three rooms at Headquarters with some brilliant activities and workshops all centering around light. This had to be one of the most exciting events we have hosted in our Fredericton location to date. With the many neopixels, LEDs and microcontrollers at our disposal, we created, coded and learned throughout the night. Teachers left with a new sense of how to approach teaching light in the classroom and just got to geek out for an evening with some like minded educators.

I took this opportunity to make a device that many of us had seen before in our maker circles, The Big Face Box! This project is the perfect mix of cardboard, circuits and lenses. It is a great example of how Maker Ed and project-based learning can be successfully incorporated in the classroom and tied to curriculum. I had made four of these devices for event goers to play with throughout the evening. As the night went on and more and more conversations led to refraction, coding and authentic engagement, I decided that this was definitely a project worth sharing.

Happy creating and #staybrilliant


What you will need:

  • 1 file box

  • Ruler and pencil for measuring where to cut

  • Canary cardboard cutter (

  • Duct tape

  • Glue sticks/hot glue

  • 1 extra large full page magnifier sheet (at least 8.5x11) - I got mine at the drugstore

  • Microbit

  • Adafruit NeoPixel LED Strip w/ Alligator Clips (

  • 30 neopixel strip with alligator clips (1 metre long)

#LED #microbits #makecode #microsoft #AdafruitNeoPixel #MakerEd #STEAM #STEM #Education #cardboardcreations

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