How do you know you are addicted to making wearables?
You are standing in a line waiting to get breakfast and you just have to finish a wearable bracelet project you have on the go. Making really is joyful as there is nothing more satisfying than making something with our own hands. I love learning at the intersection of science, math and design. Wearable technology lives at this intersection and provides loads of learning for students. I’m inspired by Reveal by Andrea Palmer, a new wearable device for autism that measures and tracks anxiety to prevent meltdowns. What will our students create in the future?
Teaching basic circuitry comes alive when students create a bracelet that where the snap is the switch to light up a LED. If the LED does not light up, the project becomes an inquiry project about what a circuit is and what we need to do to create one.
Sylvia Martinez from Invent to Learn fame shared this simple wearable project with me and my students at SAIL love it! The moment of joy when the LED lights up provides instant feedback and satisfaction to makers.
I’m prepping for a workshop I’m giving at ISTE this year in Denver with Orwell Kowalyshyn called WWW: The Wonderful World of Wearables and I can’t wait to see what people will create. Something is radically changed in our students’ DNA when they become creators instead of passive consumers. I know how empowered I am when I create and I want all students educators to experience this joy.
Sew Electric: A collection of diy projects that combine fabric, electronics, and programming
By Leah Bueuechley & Kanjun Qui (sometimes the book is hard to find but they have a website with some projects)