Many summer camp participants are engaged in education, from university lecturers to workshop leaders at youth centers. As the practice of eTextiles combines knowledge from various disciplines, teaching eTextiles requires educators to cover various topics, such as textile techniques, electronics, programming.. and so on. Is there an ultimate toolkit for teaching eTextiles? What are the topics that need to be taught? How do you explain them to novices?
When teaching eTextiles from beginning to the end, what are the topics to cover, and in which order you would teach? What kinds of hands-on activity do you introduce?
How to explain programming and electronics:
Often teaching eTextiles involves teaching basic programming and electronics to novices.
How do you explain “variables”, “array”, “function”, “ohm’s law” when teaching programming and electronics? Could there be an ultimate dictionary for the teachers listing which metaphor to use?
Toolkits for specialists:
many of us come to E-Textiles from different disciplines. From textile design, various craft disciplines, material science, electrical engineering, programming – what would toolkits tailored to individuals with existing skill-sets look like?