2016 Exhibit: Kilovolt Collection

Named for German physicist Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, Lichtenberg patterns showcase the true power and beauty of electricity. Nothing else compares to the sheer intricacy and majesty they hold. Originally produced with static electricity and toner powder, I have amped this up to truly simulate a lightning strike. By taking pieces of wood and soaking them in a special electrolyte solution I have perfected, I increase their conductivity (allowing me to pass electricity through the more easily). I then pass over 2000 volts through opposite ends of the piece, and over the course of the next 30 seconds you may observe the massive power of raw electricity as it fights and forces its way through the wood, trying to reach the other side. As it does this, it burns a deep pattern into the top of the wood that takes the unmistakable shape of a lightning bolt mid-strike. As the power is disconnected and the smoke clears, a stunning piece of artwork is revealed. No two pieces made will ever be the same, as the raw unbridled fury of lightning will take whatever path has the least resistance, and that is different with every piece of wood. Come stop by this booth for demonstrations of the device in action, as well as to purchase wooden objects like coasters, drumsticks, and bracelets that have had the Lichtenberg patterns burned into them, all for very affordable prices.

Exhibit Location: Spirit Building
About The Maker
Rocket Burns

Hello. I am Rocket Burns. Yes, that’s my real name! I am in High School at Pine View, down in Florida. I enjoy working with electronics, such as robotics, high voltage, analog and digital circuitry, etc. In fact, I have recently built a 3D printer, computer, and Arcade! I also do quite a lot of programming. In addition, I am currently involved with the Suncoast Science Center TARC team (a rocketry competition club where you need to build and shoot off rockets that fit certain parameters, this year the rocket must travel only 850 feet, the flight duration must be between 46-48 seconds, and it must bring back two eggs safely.), and I used to teach/coach elementary students in the Elementary STEM Club, where I helped them learn the basics of robotics and programming in fun and creative ways.I even wrote the curriculum for and taught an electronics camp at the Faulhaber Fab Lab this summer! Also, I have competed in the Science Fair almost every year I have been at pine view, with various projects ranging from forays into psychology to experiments with using extremely powerful high-voltage Tesla coils to transfer electricity without wires. There’s more to me than cool projects, though. I enjoy going to maker fair’s and interesting technology events. One of my favorite things to do is to speak at them. I have given a speech at the Education foundation, Station 2 Innovation, and at a local Bar Camp (where I won the quick pitch contest) (details here: http://www.bradenton.com/news/local/article34875939.html). Furthermore, I have given a TEDx talk last November, check it out (here: http://tedxtalks.ted.com/video/I-Built-a-3D-Printer-and-So-Can). I also like just getting to know other makers, it lets me see fun projects and gather ideas for my personal projects that I plan to attempt. Currently I am focusing my efforts on my company PowerSticks, where I use high voltage to burn in unique lightning fractals onto drumsticks.