The University of Nebraska State Museum’s first Sunday with a Scientist program of 2016 for children and families investigated “wearable technology” and e-textiles textiles that incorporate conductive fibers or elements directly into the material. The program took place on January 17 from 1:30-4:30pm at Morrill Hall.
In cooperation with the Nebraska 4-H Wearable Technologies (WearTec) project Brad Barker, Ph.D.UNL 4H/Extension Science and Technology Specialist; Gwen Nugent, Ph.D.CYFS Research Professor; Neal Grandgenett, Ph.D. UNO STEM Outreach Coordinator Supervisor; and Jennifer Keshwani, Ph.D.Extension Assistant Professor and Biomedial Engineer led visitors in activities to explore the foundations of wearable technologies through the engineering design process, circuitry, and computer programming.
Children made a light-up wearable hair bow or bowtie, created an electronic card with a “paper circuit,” used alligator clips to light LED’s, made a “squishy” circuit using conductive dough and explore the coding (computer programming) of simple components that make a light-sensor “guitar.”
The Nebraska 4-H Wearable Technologies (WearTec) project is a collaboration between the University of Nebraska and SparkFun Electronics, funded in 2014 by the National Science Foundation.