You read the title and that's what I am trying to do.
Synopsis: I have a young son who is determined to catch Santa (to what ends I don't know). He even dreamed up using some kind of pressure plate and connecting it to a light that will turn on when Santa steps on it to get cookies. I would love to help him build this contraption. We have been down at RadioShack repeatedly.
More practically, I am not an EE and have minimal experience with (and time for) bread boards.
So, I was hoping some people here could give some guidance.
I have been evaluating Little Bits but not sure which way to proceed. I am thinking a pressure sensor under a carpet near the cookies that somehow trips a relay and turns on a light or something else clever.
Naturally, I don't want this to succeed just yet in capturing Santa; consider it a lesson in drafting better requirements and a more complete design. Next year we can drive a new design for catching Santa.
So, while the ultimate goal is a bit childish, is it a serious enough question and maybe I can jump start my son's interest in engineering.