Saturday-Sunday, August 27-28 2011
10-5pm each day
open to K-12 teachers, no prior experience with craft or electronics necessary
location: High-Low Tech research group, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA
New materials like electrically conductive threads and fabrics let you build things like light-up bracelets, shirts that sing when you’re squeezed, and purses that sound alarms when someone touches them.
This workshop is designed to introduce educators to the tools and technologies that make these projects possible. We will work through two hands on projects and discuss how electronic textiles (or “e-textiles”) can be blended into science, art, and engineering curricula. We will discuss how e-textiles can be used to attract women to STEM fields. We will also survey available resources–including materials and tools, online communities, tutorials, and support forums–that enable educators to employ e-textiles in their classrooms or after school programs.
If you are interested in participating, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, affiliation, and a few sentences about why you are interested in the workshop. Participation is limited to 15 people. We hope you can join us!