2011-2012 / SHORT CIRCUIT

SHORT CIRCUIT

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During an scholar year I was responsible for leading the after-school program , Short Circuit , in the classroom and for contributing to the program’s ongoing development. Short Circuit is an afterschool enrichment program created to activate kids’ curiosity about design, media, technology and its relationship to the world around them.

I design and  piloting with a team a 20-hour curriculum for k12 students focus on exploring different new materials and approaches at the intersection of physical and digital materi als, using paper computing, e-textiles or digital media.  As a result, I am  a contributor of the books Short Circuits Crafting e-Puppets with DIY Electronics and Soft Circuits Crafting e-Fashion with DIY Electronics both by Kylie Peppler, Melissa Gresalfi, Katie Salen Tekinbaş and Rafi Santo at The MIT Press.

Short Circuit is an informal hands-on laboratory for participants to explore and discover innovative uses for physical and digital materials, like circuits, conductive inks, LEDs, the latest programming languages, paper, pipe cleaners, iPads, video, audio and websites. The program is designed to support the development of creativity, innovation, systems thinking and DIY digital media skills by engaging participants in informal projects under the guidance of mentors, artists and designers from leading New York City institutions, like Parsons the New School for Design and Eyebeam Studios. The program also supports current science, technology, engineering and math objectives (STEM). Short Circuit meets four times a week for two and a half hours per session. Currently it is being piloted in New York City at Quest to Learn and as part of the Digital Youth Network and YouMedia programs in Chicago.

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