Please go through the following tutorials, the materials provided by now is sufficient to do these, you can always use a bare jumper wire instead of a resistor.
Also consider going to a Radio Shack and look around for some potentiometers, buttons, sensors etc. You can get some simple 8 ohm speakers to play around. With these small bit and pieces of components you can go through some more of the tutorials on the Arduino or the Ada site.
You can take a look at these two links for the sensor and some simple electronics that you might need for your project apart from the main board and supplied peripheral material.
Read the comments discussions under each sensor carefully and let me know if you have questions.
When you decide to ship something it is most likely that you might also find it on amazon if it is more practical for you.
Design this organism within a consistent scenario that includes its relationship to its environment and reactions to inputs of the user. User (or observer) can both provoke a behaviour or transform its habitat.
Pictorial quality or more abstract representation of this organism is up to you. Both fine as long as it is consistent with the overall scenario.
Refer to tutorials on the previous posts for various input options and programming samples.
Object Oriented II
Please read the Introduction and the Chapter 1 of book titled Language of New Media and write a one page (500 words) response paper and post it on your website.
Starting with this one:
Intro I.0 (The Nature of Code) from shiffman on Vimeo.
please browse through all (or as much as you can) Nature of Code videos on Vimeo by Daniel Shiffman.
You can get the e-book for free or for a donation from:
Krzysztof Wodiczko is the living history of instrumental interventions in public space.
War, conflict, trauma, memory, and communication in the public sphere are some of the major themes of an oeuvre that spans four decades. His practice, known as Interrogative Design, combines art and technology as a critical design practice in order to highlight marginal social communities and add legitimacy to cultural issues that are often given little design attention.
Let me know if you are interested in taking a look into his book.