After that, the official Climate Clock team kept me on to design an easy-to-build, "maker" version of an enclosure for the clock. My design incorporated basic tools that can be found at most makerspaces - a laser cutter, a 3D printer, and a soldering iron. The 3D printed pieces, encasing the Raspberry Pi and holding the LED matrix panels in place, incorporate heat set brass inserts, to be melted into the plastic holes using a the soldering iron, to allow easy assembly and disassembly as the clock needs to be updated, without stripping the prints. The front wooden panels were laser cut and stained. The prototype of the final product earned a permanent spot on display in the NYU MakerSpace.
A combination of the result of transitioning to remote during the project and wanting to pivot the messaging from doomsaying to something more hopeful, the full version of the widget (accessible on the Climate Clock website) expands to allow the user to input data points to see how global emissions levels and temperature patterns change. The messaging of this was developed with help from the NYU Prototyping Fund, and faculty advisor Professor Anne-Laure Fayard.