Fabricademy: eTextiles + Wearables I

Posted on Oct 22, 2018 in Learning, Sensors, Tutorials
Fabricademy: eTextiles + Wearables I

Links MATERIALS eTextile Summer Camp 2016 Material Library Kobakant How to Work with Conductive Fabric by Lara Grant CONNECTIONS Connection category from Kobakant Connector Zine SENSORS Curated Collections eTextile Swatch Exchange Resistive Sensors with Eeonyx Textile Sensor Demos for Summer School School of Wicked Fabrics: Foundation /02 Switches Momentary Fabric Button Toggle Zipper Slider Danish […]

Different Formats, Different Stories

Posted on Oct 5, 2018 in Learning, Prototyping
Different Formats, Different Stories

Today I had the fantastic pleasure of teaching my first section as Designer in Residence at the Journalism+Design program at the New School. One of the amazing professors I’m working with is Kia Gregory who is teaching a senior capstone class. The goal of the class was to prepare students to start thinking critically about […]

Soft Circuit Storytelling at Virginia Children’s Engineering Conference

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 in Circuits, Craft, Learning, Sensors
Soft Circuit Storytelling at Virginia Children’s Engineering Conference

Overview I was invited to give a workshop by the wonderful folks at the Virginia Children’s Engineering Conference to 50 elementary school teachers.¬†Participants built blinky name tags that showed our emotions, learned about how electricity moves, questioned how different LEDs “eat” voltage, collaboratively wrote stories, and created our own interactive storybook covers out of paper, […]

Computational Craft Zines!

Posted on Jan 18, 2018 in Craft, Learning
Computational Craft Zines!

This summer, Becky Stewart gave a wonderful workshop on the Math Behind Circuits. Instead of lecturing us at a white board (which she would never do anyway), Becky busted out that wonderful little nostalgic nugget of punk self-publishing: the zine. So broadly applicable, so unintimidating – a perfect format for teaching complex topics to novices. […]

Crafting Technology 101 Workshop

Posted on Aug 27, 2017 in Craft, Learning

On August 9, I had the delightful honor of presenting to a group of young ladies (14-15 years old) who are participating in the GOALS for Girls program housed at the Intrepid Museum. A big part of this program is to bring field experts and mentors in to speak to the girls about different disciplines […]

Crafting Resistance workshops this April

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 in Craft, Learning, Sensors
Crafting Resistance workshops this April

After many months of pondering and planning, this workshop series is finally making it’s way into the world. More to come on the why and the how, but here’s the overview: Crafting Resistance Craft has long been a tool of activist movements, whether quilting to spread awareness of AIDS, embroidering as a means to rebel […]

ATtiny Workshop at Fab Lab BCN’s Textile Bootcamp

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 in Circuits, Craft, Learning, Tutorials
ATtiny Workshop at Fab Lab BCN’s Textile Bootcamp

ATtiny Embroidery In this workshop, participants will create a dual sensor testing circuit and touch sensitive textile using the ATtiny. ATtiny Embroidery Swatch from Liza Stark on Vimeo.   Important Links Code¬†used in workshop Dave Mellis’ ATtiny library (To turn your Arduino into a ATtiny programming machine. Full tutorial here.)

GDC ’16: How to Turn a Teacher into a Game Designer

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 in Games, Learning
GDC ’16: How to Turn a Teacher into a Game Designer

This is my talk from the 2016 Game Developers Conference. It was part of a panel called Teaching with Games 3: Another Six Exercises in Play. My talk focuses on an exercise we used as part of Institute of Play’s TeacherQuest program. After a basic introduction to modding games with tic-tac-toe, educators are given a […]

Reflections of a Maker Educator

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 in Craft, Learning

I wrote this for maker extraordinaire Becca Rose when she was leading an educator workshop on facilitation and making. Resharing in this space and original post is here, down a ways on the page. 1. What is your role as an educator? I wear a few different hats in terms of content: I work with […]

Family Maker Day Kit Design

Posted on May 11, 2015 in Learning, Team Blinky
Family Maker Day Kit Design

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