Youth Technical Program Announced:
Engineering Meets Art with E-Textiles
Wednesday, August 2 - 1:00-3:30pm
The 2023 Youth Technical Program will introduce participants to the basics of the Arduino through the creation of a hand-sewn, personalized, E-textile plush toy, enhanced with programmable LEDs.
The Arduino is an open-source, programmable circuit board that is used around the world by everyone from DIY hobbyists and college students, to modern engineering innovators. The LilyPad is a wearable, washable, E-textile circuit kit with specially-designed circuit components designed to be assembled with conductive thread. Coupled with the Arduino hardware and software platform, the Lilypad E-textile materials can be used to make projects with programmable lights, motors, buzzers, buttons, etc., depending on the needs of the project.
This year's project will provide each participant with a pre-programmed Arduino LilyPad and instructions for assembling the felt plush toy using E-textile components. Participants will also be provided with materials and instructions for modifying the Arduino program at home, should they wish to explore the possibilities of the platform. What may seem like a simple craft project on the surface is meant to serve as a gateway to the Arduino and E-Textile platforms, which will build skills in computer programming and foster creative applications of the technology. Join us and learn what Arduinos can do!
Youth Technical Program Chair
Youth Program Chair Bio:
Stephanie Zajac is a Radiation Effects Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and is excited to introduce young minds to the unique joys of Science and Engineering. Happy to be returning to in-person conferences in 2023, Stephanie returns to the role of Youth Technical Program Chair for the IEEE EMC Society Symposium for a third time, having served three times previously at the Symposia in 2018, 2019 and 2022.