Getting Hands-On with Soft Circuits is a set of instructional materials which seeks to expose middle and high school students to the creative, expressive, and computationally engaging domain of e-textiles. Engaging in hands-on activities, such as creating soft, electronic textile (e-textile) circuits, is one promising path to building self-efficacy and scientific understanding – both of which can have a dramatic impact on diversity in the field of computing.

The instructional materials include a workshop activity guide and an accompanying selection of low-cost craft and electronic components. The guide is available both for download and to order. An additional activity on making Plush Monsters is available here.

Emily Lovell