Have you been looking for an opportunity to level up in soft circuits? Program Your Hoodie is a class for people skilled in at least one of: sewing, circuits, or Arduino. By the end of this class, you will be reasonably competent in all of them, and have a sweet light-up hoodie to take home! We’ll have supplies to make a chain-reaction LED hoodie, based on a design by Penn’s eCrafting group, but if you have a project idea of your own, we highly encourage you to bring it. The hoodie uses two conductive patches on the cuffs as a switch for the Lilypad attached to the back, so your design blinks into action when you hold hands with yourself or others. Bring your hoodie to the Franklin Institute’s Astronomy Night, April 26, and join the circle of lights to celebrate the Philadelphia Science Festival!
The class will be two sessions, Wednesday April 10 and 17, from 6-9pm. (Class will include time to work on your project, so if you have to skip out a little early, that’s ok.) Instructors will also be present at Soft Circuit Saturday, April 13, 1-4pm, if you want to get extra help or work on your project with company. Thanks to generous funding from the NSF, this class is free! Students ages 13+ are welcome. Bringing a laptop to install the Arduino compiler is helpful but not required, we’ll have a couple of workstations you can use instead.