Teaching the World of Wearable Tech
Our resident wearable tech expert, Kensa Randle shares her lesson plan for teaching the ‘World of Wearable Tech’ which launches at MOTAT during the Easter holidays.
From fitness trackers to smartwatches, Wearable technology is arguably the fastest-growing area of consumer technology. And it doesn’t look like its slowing down with industry forecasts suggesting the smart wearables market to exceed $27 billion in just three years.
During the Easter holidays, Kensa launches the new MOTAT Wearable Technology class for 7-12-year-olds with the aim to inspire a younger generation to one day be at the forefront of this booming tech.
“It’s not just about fashion, although I do love the self-lacing Nike. Wearables are more about getting instant feedback and data, so they work perfectly for science, sports, all subjects really.
“Ultimately, Wearable technology enables students to combine multiple subject interests in one platform.”
Kensa’s Wearables session is split into two parts, with the first based around e-textile engineering and the second focusing on design thinking and creating a custom prototype.
“E-textiles is a space where engineering and creativity meet.”
This session kicks off by defining Wearables – purpose, use and examples. Creators then have the opportunity to create an LED wristband that turns itself on and off when worn. This creative process teaches the fundamentals of how wearables actually work, enabling fabric experimentation with conductive thread and learning about electronic circuits within the fabric itself.
“Prototyping enables our young inventor’s to witness their ideas come to life.”
Kensa initially discusses the importance of testing and iterating an idea. After everyone has an understanding of why this is important to the design process, creators will form a design brief, by answering a series of questions such as critical benefits, problems their Wearable might solve, and target audience. Next, they’ll use the 3d modelling software Tinkercad, to bring their idea to life.
“The skills learnt are important ones- design thinking, programming, electronics and how to solve problems creatively with computational thinking in a fun and hands-on way. ”
Kensa’s Wearables class for 7-12 year-olds launches April 17, for more information and to find out what else is on offer review the MOTAT website here.