This September we had the opportunity to partner with Second Muse and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation (SRDC) to test how we could use technology to engage people in a fun way. SRDC wanted to get more people to a little-known part of the Schuylkill trail, the Grays Ferry Crescent. We decided the best way we could get people out to the Crescent was to make a swarm of robotic fireflies, which mimic behavior of actual fireflies. Our excellent volunteers designed, coded, and assembled over 100 fireflies for a series of events at the Crescent, including bike parades to the Crescent from center city, workshops on assembling the fireflies, and a brief lecture about real firefly behavior and emergence. See the photos and video of the project below.
You can purchase a kit to construct 3 of your own fireflies on our kickstarter here, or purchase 3 fully assembled fireflies, but hurry, our campaign will end in less than 24 hours!