Custom Electronics and Activism in K-12 Education workshop

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9 year olds are designing wearable electronics to promote their beliefs. In humanities classes, math classes, and in clubs. We do need to bring in ethics, self agency, power tools, coding, and empathy…. but it’s less of a melting pot and more of an environment that finally makes sense.

Join our MakeFashion Edu discussion! We will make a video that is easy for you to scrub through to find different topics:

  *   Amateur Electronics Design in Shenzhen
  *   Project Based Learning in K-12 schools
  *   Advocacy through Fashion and Technology

Afterwards we will do a multi-room AMA on each of the topics, with introductory instructions on lighting up ws2812b LEDs. We will have some development boards on hand to run your code on our ws2812b LEDs. Or you can just drop in to see demos and chat.

Full Description

In our video, we will have 3 speakers, around 10 minutes each, detail one area of the MakeFashion Edu program. Bios below, we all wear multiple hats, but are going to dive really specifically into our chosen topics. You don't have to watch every topic! The changeovers will be obvious so you can fast forward / rewind to hear just the stuff that you like.

Afterwards we will do several text-chats on specifics of each topic. The speakers will be there, but also additional MakeFashion Edu staff and community members. So you can get specific questions answered! In the chat rooms you can also send "code" from the video workshops.

Video Workshops: We will setup two video-chat channels to work on. One will be education and advocacy focused, and the other is focused on using "development boards" like the micro:bit. We are going to walk everyone through how to get started on these boards, go through some code together, and get willing participants to create some code. The code can be tested virtually, but we will also have you send the code to us and we'll upload it to our real boards, and show you the results on video chat!


I currently think that you do NOT need to register in advance to take this workshop. However I'm setting up this placeholder just in case things change. If they change, I'll call it out at the top of the page and here::
registration link info TBD


To do the hands-on portion of this workshop you will not need to order and receive workshop MATERIALS. However, you CAN order some and we will help you setup and use them! We have listed some of them in an Amazon wishlist, so that you can click and buy them for yourselves. You don't need to buy from these vendors! Treat this as a part list, not a shop list.:
cool materials
Cost: $TBD
IMPORTANT: To receive the materials in time for the workshop, you must use EXPRESS Shipping.

Required Software

Please load the free software, makecode, on your device before logging on -- Windows, Linux, or MacOS are all fine!:]


James Simpson, manufacturer turned educator, empowers education communities with spaces, events, lessons, and materials. His goal is to allow students to learn by hacking, problem solving, and making their own choices.

Carrie Leung is a maker-educator focused on building open community platforms for young makers, educators, and industry to collaborate, learn, and connect. Outside the classroom, she built non-profit programs and spaces, MakeFashion Edu and SteamHead, to connect her community of schools, teachers, and companies with each other and to leverage the amazing technology manufacturing resources that Shenzhen is famous for.

Twila Busby has more than 20 years experience in education, where she has been an advocate and trainer for Project Based Learning. While her Shenzhen school had one of the first dedicated school makerspaces, and Twila promotes the idea that every classroom should be a makerspace, where academics support creativity and students bring their ideas into the physical world.


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