Activities informal learning enviroments

( after school programs, makerspaces, FabLabs, ….)

▲ Soft Circuit Guide and Project by Emily Lovell

The activities in this guide assume no prior knowledge of circuits, sewing, or design – so there are no prerequisite requirements aside from an interest in trying something new. An introduction to soft circuits, including tips on working with conductive thread and guidance on sewing connections between a light and a battery.

Download (Courtesy of SparkFun )


▲ The Great Big Guide to Paper Circuits

Paper circuits are becoming more and more popular in the hobby electronics world. The easy availability of craft-like materials and increasing abundance of new products has created a really unique ecosystem for crafters looking to make the leap to electronics projects. This guide is an overview of materials and techniques available to paper circuit crafters.

Link (Courtesy of SparkFun )


Beginning Soft Circuits

“Beginning Soft Circuits” gives you the complete step-by-step instructions for 19 different projects to light up your clothes. Learn to make your own sparkling tutu, a turn signal bike jacket, light up leggings and more. projects come from, are written by our creative community, and contain pictures for each step so you can easily make these yourself.

Link Instructables


   STITCH: STEM Teaching Integrating Textiles and Computing Holistically

Project STITCH is a curriculum and professional development project for classroom teachers across Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah. Using electronic textiles (e-textiles) science teachers learn how to incorporate maker space technology into their core classroom content through a set of student driven projects. All training and supplies are provided by the project. Attendance at the professional development workshop is also supported.

Project link


Recommended Books

  • Textile Messages: Dispatches From the World of E-Textiles and Education by Leah Buechley, Kylie Peppler, Michael Eisenberg & Yasmin Kafai
  • Soft Circuits: Crafting e-Fashion with DIY Electronics by Kylie Peppler, Melissa Gresalfi, Katie Salen Tekinbas, & Rafi Santo
  • Sew Electric by Leah Buechley & Kanjun Qiu
  • Make: Wearable Electronics: Design, prototype, and wear your own interactive garments by Kate Hartman
  • The Art of Tinkering by Karen Wilkinson & Mike Petrich
  • Invent to Learn by Sylvia Libow Martinez & Gary Stager, Ph.D.


Journals, papers & Magazines

STEAM-Powered Computing Education: Using E-Textiles to Integrate the Arts and STEM by Kylie Peppler

Incorporating novel, cross-disciplinary technologies such as e-textiles in computing education can broaden participation, particularly by women, and improve learning outcomes.

Buechley, L., and Eisenberg, M. (2008). The LilyPad Arduino: Toward Wearable Engineering for Everyone. Wearable Computing Column in IEEE Pervasive, 7(2), pp. 12-15.

Kanjun Qiu, Leah Buechley, Edward Baafi, and Wendy Dubow. 2013. A curriculum for teaching computer science through computational textiles. In Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’13). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 20-27.

Mellis, D. and Buechley L. 2011. Scaffolding Creativity with Open-Source Hardware. In Creativity and Cognition 2011.

Buechley, L. and Hill, B. M. 2010. LilyPad in the Wild: How Hardware’s Long Tail is Supporting New Engineering and Design Communities. In Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), Aarhus, Denmark, 199-207.