Medium: Wood, rope, brass pulleys, stepper motor and Arduino motor controller.
Dimensions: 32" x 32" x 9"
"Sitting down to grade papers and exams is one of the more arduous tasks for a teacher. More specifically, starting the task is just plain uncomfortable.
Recent experiments in neuroscience suggest that when a person begins to focus their attention on a mentally challenging task, levels of norepinephrine elevate in the brain, creating several minutes of discomfort. When levels diminish, the uncomfortable feeling dissipates and cognitive circuits begin to function more effectively.
This machine to helps me push through the initial wave of norepinephrine. Only at the end of a ten minute period will the metal wings on this wooden clock fully extend....and by that time, I am well on my way."
© Mark Randall Pitzer