Library makerspaces are becoming more popular in schools and using technology is often part of the experience. Some school librarians in CA BOCES are becoming familiar with coding, programming, and open source software. As a result, makerspaces are frequently the place where students can explore, create, and learn. eTextiling is one method of using technology to engage students with varied interests.
eTextiles use circuitry to create interaction between the wearer and his or her environment. As a way to introduce fashion and technology to teachers, an eTextiling workshop was offered through the 510 Coser. Facilitated by S.T.E.M. Coordinator Clay Nolan, and School Library System Coordinator, Cece Fuoco, participants learned the basics of circuitry through the use of copper tape, a battery and an LED light.
Participants then used conductive thread to sew a circuit.
Open source technology allows for programming a component to make an LED light respond to sound or movement. The opportunity exists for students to work together, especially when a student’s interest is stronger than his or her ability.
An eTextiling workshop will be available again next year with the anticipation that this year’s participants will share what their students have created. If you would like more information about eTextiling, please contact Clay at Clay_Nolan@caboces.org or Cece at Cece_Fuoco@caboces.org.
By: Cece Fuoco, CA BOCES School Library Coordinator