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Textile Messages

Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education


Edited By Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg and Yasmin Kafai

Textile Messages focuses on the emerging field of electronic textiles, or e-textiles – computers that can be soft, colorful, approachable, and beautiful. E-textiles are articles of clothing, home furnishings, or architectures that include embedded computational and electronic elements. This book introduces a collection of tools that enable novices – including educators, hobbyists, and youth designers – to create and learn with e-textiles. It then examines how these tools are reshaping technology education – and DIY practices – across the K-16 spectrum, presenting examples of the ways educators, researchers, designers, and young people are employing them to build new technology, new curricula, and new creative communities.


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xii those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation. Several chapters (1, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 11) showcase findings from these grants. In addition, we acknowledge the support by the MIT Media Lab consortium, and the ongoing support of many collaborators and colleagues, especially at Spark- Fun Electronics, the Arduino team, and the Modkit development team. Finally, we are indebted to all of our educational partners, teachers and students in workshops and courses we taught over the years including the University of Col- orado’s Science Discovery program, the Denver School of Science and Technology, D’Jeuns2, the Boys and Girls Club of Bloomington, the Indiana University Fine Arts Department, Rogers Elementary in Bloomington, IN, and the Science Leadership Academy and the Penn Alexander School in Philadelphia, PA. The following acknowledgments are specific to individual chapters and illustra- tive vignettes found across this volume. The design and development of i*CATch presented in Chapter 2 was funded by the Educational Development Commit- tee and the Department of Computing at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Many thanks to Joey Cheung, Sam Choy, Cat Lai, Winnie Lau and Jason Tse for their help during the design and development of this kit. Thanks must also go to the stu- dents who participated in our workshops and classes, and provided us with useful feedback and comments. The work described in Chapter 9 was supported in part by grant (#094048) from the National Science Foundation....

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