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Sewing-Circuits-Workshop

Sewing-Circuits-Workshop

The objective of the workshop is to introduce students to the science of electricity, the basics of sewable electronics and conductivity by making a wrist band that lights up when the wrist band is cuffed.


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Location:Stirling House, Cambridge Innovation Park Cambridge CB25 9PB

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1 Course Details

The objective of the workshop is to introduce students to the science of electricity, the basics of sewable electronics and conductivity by making a wrist band that lights up when the wrist band is cuffed. 

Participants will learn about the basics of electricity, and apply their knowledge by making a piece of wearable technology. Participants will first be talked through the sewing basics, and how to make ‘good’ versus  bad stitches (that could cause a short circuit) and will be attended to the importance of sewing carefully and neatly.

Next, participants will prepare the fabric that they will use as the base for their wristband. They will then position the battery pack and decide how their circuit path will look like (e.g. straight line, wavy etc.). They will then position the LED sequin and sew their positive path to the side of the battery holder. The negative path will be sewn to one of the metal button snaps, and the – side of the battery pack will be sewn to the other metal button snap. These snaps will form a complete circuit when snapped together, and the LED will light up when sewn correctly. If it does not light up, students are encouraged to trouble shoot together to see what went wrong.

The wrist band can also function as a conductivity sensor by pressing both button snaps on different surfaces. This way, students are encouraged to explore different materials, what is conductive and what is not? If the surface is conductive, the LED will light up.

 

2 You will learn:

Learn the basics of electricity (e.g., conductivity, electricity flow).

Learn how to use conductive thread to make sewable circuits.

Apply the acquired knowledge by making a wristband that lights up, using a LED sequin, conductive thread, a small battery and metal button snaps.

Learn and explore the potential of the technology of sewable circuits.

 

3 Tutor:

Rehana has studied Pedagogical Sciences in the Netherlands and Psychology in the United Kingdom and has an academic specialisation in educational research and educational psychology. She is an experienced workshop lead and facilitator and has done numerous educational and research projects with several institutions and companies, including for the Sultanate of Oman, Music Tech Fest, BrightSign glove, Cellule Creative Studio, FireTech Camp, Tech Will Save Us, Do It Kits and the Crafty Robot. She is fluent in four languages and is interested in creative and wearable technology.

 Agenda

13-14:15 basics of electricity

14:15-14:45 break

14:45-16:00 making a wristband

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Ages 6+

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