Imagine an LED umbrella that can match the color of your clothing, a gown that illuminates when you spin, or a hat that blinks and beeps like the ship in Close Encounters.
Spend the week with Philly tech artist Leslie Birch, transforming a piece of your clothing into responsive art. We’ll be learning about open-source hardware using a simple microcontroller with built-in LEDs and sensors. Not only will you amaze your friends with a fun wearable, but the microcontroller can be used for future projects. If you are curious about wearable tech and interactive projects, this is the place for you. No coding experience or soldering required, so join us for some interactive fun!
Please note: There is an additional Materials Fee for this session, which is $35 per person. You may apply for a scholarship to cover this cost as well. To make sure that we can order materials in time, registration for this session will close July 6 at noon (the deadline has been extended).
Leslie Birch is a technologist with outdoor tendencies who uses open-source hardware to grapple with environmental issues while relearning physical connection. Her toolbox includes Arduino microcontrollers and sensors as well as tree cookies and moss. Recently she created Corn EMO (Electronically Modified Organism)—corn that shows the next day’s weather forecast through the color of its glowing silk. Wearable tech fans know her award-winning FLORAbrella color-sensing LED umbrella. She creates tutorials for Adafruit, a DIY electronics company, and also blogs about wearables and citizen science. Hacks at lesliebirch.com.
A limited number of $250 scholarships are available for this course. Our selection committee will prioritize scholarship awards to practicing artists, educators, and others who are under-represented in STEM fields.