Red Hat Instrument Kit Hookup Guide

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How can open source help us find new ways to express ourselves? In the Red Hat Instrument Kit, you'll learn how conductivity works and use that understanding to create an interactive musical instrument. Conductive paint and ink will allow you to explore how physical design affects the way a tool is used. This experiment empowers participants to bring their own creative thinking to the world of sound and instruments. This activity is best suited for people between the ages of 10-13 and does not require any prior knowledge of circuits or skill in wiring or electronics. Given that some of the components are small and making connections requires a level of dexterity, younger students may need some adult assistance.

Required Materials

To follow along with this tutorial, you will need the Red Hat Instrument Kit.

Red Hat Co.Lab Instrument Kit

Red Hat Co.Lab Instrument Kit


If you wish to purchase the individual parts for this as refill or expansion, here is a list:

You Will Also Need

You will need materials that didn’t come with your kit (paper and a pair of scissors).

Suggested Reading

If you are not familiar with the following concepts, we recommend checking out these tutorials before continuing.

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