Date: 25-26 September 2008.
Participant: Fazekas Gábor Utcai Általános Iskola, Kiskunhalas Hungary
Number of students: 14 pupils, 12-15 years old, from five different classrooms, 6 girls and 8 boys. There are gipsy and handicap children among them.
Getting started with Technology and Smart Textiles: We prepared the workshop in the physics, technology and information technology lessons. In the afternoons we organised meetings for the participants and presented the EduWear concept, the tool kit, the Smart textile materials, Arduino blocks and its softwares. We have gathered new ideas as well.
We prepared the workshop afternoons: there were 4 stages ready, when we started working:We woke up the Fantasy, introduced Technology, Imagination/Design/Aesthetics/Art, Conception and Construction.
The Presentation is the last step for the participants.
2. Constructing, programming, other activities
First we made warming up; then we organised the brainstorming to collect project ideas.
The pupils might choose their groupmates (team building); they developed their project ideas and created the project plans.
They started to work on their own ideas. They were working with cooperative method.
2 groups have chosen ideas to create the idea in reality.
One group was organised for helping the others: they were sewing, soldering.
One group used various techniques -mostly pencil or oil pastell to put their ideas on paper. While they were working, one of the tutors was helped them by listening to their plans and encouraging them to be more creative. They understood that the design is an essential
part of the process of creating something. One teacher supported the programming, one was a partner in every activity and one child was taking photos, films. The manager was writing the documentation, had contact with the journalists, ordered meals, etc.
We managed to reconcile the experience in the workshop with everyday life of the children.
3. Ending of the workshop, presentation
The children were very motivated and creative. They were very happy take part in this workshop. All of them stayed with us till we have finished the workshop- it was hard to send them home in the evenings, because they were so interested and motivated. They collected lots of ideas, they were open-minded, pride and satisfied when they presented their products.
On the second day we organized a presentation for teachers , who were interested. We sent a lot of invitation cards. The teachers came from other primary schools. First the project manager introduced the topic, and the aim of the EDU wear. Then the IT teacher gave some important information about the methodology of the work, the programming and introduced the result of the project. The teachers could see the results of the previous EDU wear projects. They could watch a film on the works recorded by one of our children. After that the children talked about their own works and showed how the programming works. In the end all of the children were given small presents. All of our guests were very interested and want to use this model at their school.
Ready made, working structures:
• Intelligent bag
• Party T-shirt
• Funny T-shirts
• Some T-shirts with the children’s own painted designs on them
• Textile bus
• Tilt sensor
• Light sensor
• Press sensor
• Conductive yarn
• Plastic foam
• Insulation stripe
Altogether 5 pupils worked on designs. They painted their designs on the T-shirts.
Evaluation sheets were filled in.
5. Summary and Conclusions:
Children coped with the Arduino Technology easily.
They quite quickly got used to the the new way of using technology in their everyday life even in their clothes. They could enjoy working in groups, in this living lab. Children started immediate work on their projects. They were able to build, create complex structures, with written descriptions. They have discovered new user interfaces (not only the usual sensors, but other press sensors, photo diodas etc). Children often thought about possibilities using new technical methods. They created sound sensor on their own.
Children were flexible about their ideas; they built different artefacts instead. They coped with the interface.
The creations for many purposes were designed by the children. Their drawings are at very high level. 4 drawings were created. Some of them represented the structures, others used their ideas.
2 groups of children have built Arduino directly into the intelligent bag and the T-shirts.
A lot of sketches were collected from children as project target group. Many of them were very creative, designed and used techniques at the same time. They represented so called „mental models”.
Some of the children made own designs, which they painted on the T-shirts.
Children understood the idea behind Smart textiles. The work between sensors, conductors and actuators was well developed. Textiles and smart textile played important role in this workshop. We are planning to use some of the best ones as a decoration on the bulletin board at school. Video films as the parts of the documentation are made by one of our pupils.
We’ve made hundreds of photos.
We’ve saved every programme written by participants; photos, films and scanned every drawing.
It was easy to understand the Arduino through examples. It was great that this technology can “understand” the children’s mistakes..
We have taught the children in advance:
1.- How to use electric things. 2.- What is the difference between the analogue and digital input and output. Sensors and activators . 3.- They got acquainted with the possibilities of the programming.
Children worked with the teachers’ help
1.- Brainstorming in groups. 2.- Making plans in drawings. 3.- Knowing tools and materials.
Working in small groups -3-5 participants.
1.- They made an electric models and they tried it. 2.- They worked in a cooperative way. 3.- They tested an looked for the mistakes all the time. 4.- They talked about their ideas. Some children helped the other groups as well. They decided how to work independently in the groups.
Were the components accepted? Yes, they were and we built in all of them.
To what degree need circuits and electronics in general to be addressed?
They have to get acquainted with the basic electronics and simple circuits, activators, isolator, switch, battery, conductive .Process of the teachers’ work : regulation, controlling, sensor, interference.
What role do textiles and smart textile play?
Children used their fantasy to make things from the Smart Textile in the territory of the disability and sport.
Which textiles are suitable? All of them were suitable.
To what degree are prepared products (e.g. patches) suitable?
All of them are made completely.
The photos are in the gallery.
More information, photos and videos are on the following web site: www.eduwear.halas.hu
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