Mark II Prototype
As consumers it is becoming increasingly easy to forget where things come from or where they go after we use them. The ‘Apocalypse Makers’ kits provide a platform and narrative in which young people can consider the things they take for granted through the experience of making and being creative.
The ‘Charge your Phone’ kit guides participants through the process of building a crank powered mobile phone charger for use in a post-apocalyptic world. The experience and narrative has been designed to encourage participants to question how they would do everyday tasks, in this case charging a mobile phone, without the consumer society we have become so reliant on. Through the process of making, and also “scavenging” for components, young people can begin to process these ideas, helping them to develop into more engaged consumers in the future.
Building the Mark II Prototype
As the user opens the kit, they are immediately introduced to the storyline. Your uncle is writing to you from base camp, he’s put together (most of) the components for you to build a phone charger so you can contact him.
The next layer contains all the components and a small instruction booklet detailing how to put together the electronics.
The bottom layer would include the motor and additional components such as the crank arm.
The user then turns the box over and assembles the electronics onto the back, the holes for the screws are already pre-drilled.
This gives an indication of what the finished kit would look like after it has been assembled.