How are electronics viable additions to “crafting” for today’s young person?
I believe that electronics are a viable addition to all industries today, especially in education. Our current day is a technology inspired era. Our students need to be familiar with the current inventions so that they are more prepared for tomorrow’s world. What better way to familiarize yourself with technology than tinkering with the devices?
Our focus topic is about crafting with electronics. Wearable fashion was something new to me, one of my favorites was Bike Turn Signal Jacket (Wired.com).
While I have been able to sew for a few decades now, it is nothing compared to what I learned this week. When I read the included articles, the wearable sites probably caught my eye the most. We have definitely moved passed the Bedazzled gun. I thought wow, I wonder if Cinna (Lenny Kravitz) used a comparable technology to set Katniss’ dress on fire.
Chibitronics was probably one of my favorite sites. I loved seeing all the design ideas how we could use simple circuits to do so much more. The site listed many classroom ideas and kits. The Craft page contains beginner tutorials, DIY cards, textiles, home décor, Holidays, and of course crafts.
Wearable technology is just one way that shows us how valuable electronics is to crafting for our students. It is another avenue for students to express themselves through learning and tinkering about our current technologies today. When students learn the electronic concepts through sites like Chibitronics, they have fun without realizing they are learning a new skill. Students are able to reapply the new concepts to other technologies.
Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. (2013). Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom.
Einarson, Earl. (2013, Jan 02). Go Bionic With These Wearable Arduino Projects Retrieved July 21, 2016, from http://www.wired.com/2013/01/wearable-arduinos/
Qi, Jie. (2012). Interactive Light Painting: Pu Gong Ying Tu (Dandelion Painting). Retrieved July 21, 2016, from https://vimeo.com/40904471
Unknown. (N.D.). Chibitronics. Retrieved July 21, 2016, from https://chibitronics.com/