Day One of Sewing Up Science Workshop

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Welcome to the STEM-U Sewing Up Science Workshop. This blog will provide a tentative outline of the activities you will be working on throughout the week. I have created this blog on WordPress. I would like you all to create a blog of your own to create a lasting artifact that you will be able to refer back to during the busy school year. My entries will also continue to be available for your reference.

Last spring I taught a full semester course called Craft Technologies in the Instructional Technologies and Learning Sciences department. I have been living in Logan for a year now. Before starting my doctoral studies, I was an elementary science teacher in Brooklyn for 8 years.

Today we are going to be working with paper circuits and squishy circuits. In addition, we will be getting everyone up and running with WordPress on your new tablets. You will notice that these devices might be a little slow, but as teachers we all know how to make the best of the materials we are provided. I have created a blog entry with my NuVision tablet on how to make our first project of the day, which is a paper circuit enhanced name tag. I have found that it is best to have the camera over expose for the light for nicer looking images, below is an example.

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These are screen shots to show how to access the exposure control. Touch the circle to the right of the blue dot. Then click the +/- icon (not pictured) and then click +3 or +2.

Head over to the Name Tag Post by clicking on this link: http://ryespy.com/2015/07/22/name-tag/

After lunch we will work with our squishy circuits and finalize blog entries for the day. This page from the creators of our squish circuit kits provides videos showing how to make conductive and insulating doughs. They have additional information on safety precautions and how to apply Ohm’s law. Thank you Dr. AnnMarie Thomas and the Playful Learning Lab at St. Thomas University for developing and sharing these materials. http://courseweb.stthomas.edu/apthomas/SquishyCircuits/

This work is supported by the Center for The School of the Future at Utah State University, http://csf.usu.edu/, and Idaho National Labs, https://inl.gov.

Name Tag

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This page documents the creation of my LED enhanced name tag table tent. First I sketched my name in pencil leaving at least two inches of space on each side to leave room for a battery.

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My idea is to place a red LED in the pupil of the eye in the letter R. I have decided to hide the copper tape circuit on the  back of the paper. I first poked the LED legs through the paper to see where my copper lines will connect noting the cathode(-) anode(+) legs.

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Next I sketched out my circuit noting the direction of current flow and placing a fold pocket for the battery.

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Next I run my copper lines with a continuous piece of copper from each terminal of the battery to the line for the LED. N.B. I do not have the LED through the paper at this point.

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Finally I insert the LED and use copper tape to secure it to the circuit.

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This work is supported by the Center for The School of the Future at Utah State University, http://csf.usu.edu/, and Idaho National Labs, https://inl.gov.

This is a Test of the Blog Broadcasting System

I will be running a four day workshop on e-textiles for Utah teachers this August. The teachers will receive the same Android tablet that I am using to author this blog post. We will integrate the device as a way to document our projects.

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We will preserve whiteboard conversations and document our circuits.

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The device is a NuVision tablet. The first two photos were taken with the tablet. The third and fourth images were taken with my iPhone. I must I have been an Apple fanboi since 2000,so this all feels a little strange. This is a baby step towards the day I break my Apple addiction.

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PennApps

Here are the best projects that I have made in the past few years. I am more experienced with the fabrication than programming. I would love to partner with someone else that is a programmer to make clothing that interacts with pulse in a way to encourage physical activity between friends. Ideally this device would communicate with other such devices through the internet. Thank you for reviewing my application.

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Hello World!

Welcome to my new blog. I am surviving the first month of being a PhD student. This past summer I packed up my family in NYC and headed west. I miss teaching elementary science in Brooklyn, but it was time to follow our family’s dreams. This will be a space for me to record my growth as a researcher in the hopes of making a dimple in the field of education. Thank you for visiting.

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