Purpose & objective
Learn how an educator can introduce digital wearable technology as relevant part of your classroom curriculum. Participants will receive an introduction to the maker movement and maker tools. Learn about the exciting and innovative mashup of wearable electronics, sensors, and computer programming. As part of the workshop learners will construct a wearable item of varying complexity, custom program its functions, and create a unique and personalized product.
Participants will gain skills in making with electronics, circuits, programming and even sewing with conductive thread! See how these skills fit into broader contexts of innovation and entrepreneurship where students prototype solutions to real world problems.
A variety of free software tools will be used, as well as a reference to low cost and accessible parts and supplies for their classroom.
1. Exploring the maker movement (30 min)
- introduction to the concepts behind being a maker
- overview of common maker tools
2. Elements of design (30 min)
- What is good design?
- What drives innovation?
3. What are wearables? (30 min)
- Technology behind wearables
- Examples of wearables in today's world
4. Building skills (120 min)
- Building circuits with conductive thread
- Introduction to the Arduino Lilypad
- Programming the Lilypad
5. Pulling it together - Project Time (120 min)
- Design, create, and customize a personable wearable project
6. Share completed projects and project idea resources (30 min)
Total= 6 hours/360 minutes
1. Building Student Success: BC's New Curriculum
2. Maker Education
3. Lilypad Arduino
4. Stocking up a Makerspace
5. Make: Wearable Electronics: Design, prototype, and wear your own interactive garments 1st Edition by Kate Hartman
, Surrey Schools
Lisa Domeier de Suarez is a teacher librarian & blended learning teacher at the Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning(SAIL) in the Surrey Schools in BC, Canada. She is part of a STEM/STEAM team for grades 8-9 focusing on inquiry learning with a local and global audience. Previously, she was a District Helping Teacher for Technology Integration/Learning Commons/Social Media. Her current interests are learning space design, makerspaces, inquiry learning, and digital storytelling. Lisa is passionate about using technology to engage students and presents locally and internationally. In 2013 she became recognized an Apple Distinguished Educator. Twitter: @librarymall
, Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning
Orwell Kowalyshyn is a blended learning teacher at the Surrey Academy of Innovative Learning (SAIL). He is part of a STEM / STEAM team for grades 8-9. His focus is on inquiry learning and creating technology enabled projects for global audiences. Previous, he was a secondary science teacher and a district helping teacher for media literacy and technology with an emphasis on delivering professional development for teachers. In 2013, he became an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) and an Apple Education Trainer specializing in the teaching and learning with OS X and iOS products.