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This Wearable is Perfect for Day of the Dead #WearableWednesday @brasst #wearabletech #arduino
Tami Brass is the Director of Instructional Technology at the St. Paul Academy and Summit School in the midwest and she knows how to take any topic and infuse it with tech. She’s taken a Dia de los Muertos pendant and hacked it with a Lilypad ProtoSnap Development Board and Pulse Sensor Amped. What class could this be for and what is the message? Being an excellent educator, Tami has whipped up a video, as well as some notes about her project on her site.
Hmmm, a dancing figure that has an illuminated LED feather skirt based on heart rate. So, what do you think? I’m placing my bets on Spanish class combined with gym. Actually, this would be great for a haunted school when you want to see the beating hearts of youth racing through a scary classroom. I’m assuming this is for youth, but Tami’s previous project, Grekko Thursday, was a wearable designed to ward off close-talking parents at conferences with its proximity sensor and buzzer. She’s got a way with soft circuits and I like her motivations!
If you are an educator with similar dreams, you should take a look at our Pulse Displayed with NeoPixels learning guide. It starts you out using the parts on a breadboard so you understand how they work, which also makes it easy to demonstrate to a class. Later you can move things to the wearable of your choice. Let us know what you design for your class!
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Thanks so much for sharing my project! Our school has been adding a computer science and engineering strand, so I’ve been trying to learn some tools that will hook the kids. They get especially excited about wearables.
I love the potential of mixing wearables with sensors, like the pulse sensor I used for this project. The Flora bits were back ordered when I needed to get the parts for this project – would love to try them! We will be teaching Arduino intro in our 8th grade Tech Innovations course this year so kids can have a good foundation for a science project at the end of the year.
Last year we had a “Ladies who Laser” group who designed a number of lasercut pieces. I’m also hoping to work with a group of girls at some point to design with wearables. I’m hoping to continue this work with soft circuits and Arduino/similar wearables if we can find the funding.