ITSA Next Brown Bag Event with Dr. Yasmin Kafai on March 22, 2018

ITSA will host our next Brown Bag event, "Re-Crafting the Maker Movement with Electronic Textiles," presented by Dr. Yasmin Kafai from the University of Pennsylvania.  We will also have pizza for attendees. Please join us in room EDUC 282 at noon on Thursday, March 22, 2018.

The event will be streamed live to Facebook. It will be available on Facebook and YouTube afterwards as well.

Flyer for the event. All details in the paragraphs below.

ABSTRACT: The Maker Movement is expanding from maker fairs, fabrication labs, and community organizations into classrooms and school maker spaces. While maker activities provide new opportunities for learning, they also promote stereotypes about makers and making. Electronic textiles are textile artifacts embedded with interactive electronics challenge that these stereotypes by connecting traditionally more feminine activities of crafts with more traditionally male activities of circuitry and computing. In my talk, I will present examples from “Stitching the Loop,” a curriculum using electronic textiles within high school computer science classrooms, and discuss how electronic textiles provide new opportunities for learning about computer science in breaking down barriers to computing.

BIO: Dr. Yasmin Kafai is the Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and chair of the Teaching, Learning and Leadership division at the Graduate School of Education. She is a researcher and developer of tools, communities, and materials to promote computational participation, crafting, and creativity across K-16. Her book monographs include “Connected Gaming: What Making Video Games Can Teach Us About Learning and Literacy,” “Connected Code: Why Children Need to Learn Programming,” and editions such as “Makeology,” “Textile Messages: Dispatches from the World of Electronic Textiles and Education,” “Diversifying Barbie and Mortal Kombat: Perspectives on Race and Gender in Gaming.” She co-authored the 2010 National Educational Technology Plan for the US Department of Education among many other policy efforts. Kafai earned a doctorate in education from Harvard University while working with Seymour Papert at the MIT Media Lab. She is an elected fellow of the American Educational Research Association and the International Society for the Learning Sciences.


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