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Make: Tech DIY: Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids (Make: Technology on Your Time) Paperback – Illustrated, September 27, 2016
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Ji Sun Lee and Jaymes Dec: Girl Power
We hope that by introducing children to circuits through familiar crafts and materials like sewing and thread, we will allow them to feel more comfortable and confident when they approach and learn about electronics.
While at Maker Faire Bay Area in 2007, Ji Sun noticed that many of the projects on display were not as appealing to girls as they were to boys.
In response, she came up with the idea for Tech DIY, a series of sewing circuit projects that are meant to attract and teach technology to girls and their mothers. This book is the culmination of nine years of research and workshops with Tech DIY projects.
About the Author
Ji Sun Lee is a professor in the department of Visual Media Design at Sookmyung Women's University in Korea. She has presented her works at Bay Area Maker Faire 2015 in California and staged a solo show at MediaNoche gallery in New York. This book grew out of her desire to share her love of technology with her young daughter.
Jaymes Dec is a middle school technology teacher at The Marymount School of New York, an all-girls independent school. He was also the Program Manager of a National Science Foundation program for students and was named a "Teacher of the Future" by the National Association of Independent Schools. He cofounded The NYC Makery, a public makerspace for children and communities.
- Grade Level : 2 - 3
- Item Weight : 13.2 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1680451774
- ISBN-13 : 978-1680451771
- Product Dimensions : 7 x 0.3 x 9.1 inches
- Publisher : Make Community, LLC; 1st Edition (September 27, 2016)
- Reading level : 5 - 9 years
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #812,821 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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When it comes to supplies, you can get them from the local craft store, and here on Amazon. Searcg for "Sewable battery holder" and you'll get a few options, and search "Coin Cell Batteries" and make sure you match up the same numbers on each - CR2032 CR2025 CR2016 as examples. The conductive thread and LED lights are also available on Amazon, or a local electronics store.
The book contains 10 different projects, each teaching about circuitry, and each appealing to either boys or girls. The supply lists are thorough, which really helps in getting ready for a project. The lessons covered in each project are: Circuits, switches, parallel circuits, LEDs, Motors, light sensors, timers, solar power, programming with Scratch and Makey Makey, and using snaps as a switch.
When my kids were younger, I home schooled, and this would have been perfect for our science classes. My husband and I both intend to use some of the information to help us in our hobbies, after we do the projects with our niece and nephew. He is working on lighting up his LEGO city, and I make greeting cards and want to make some light up.
If you're a parent or grandparent, don't wait for the kids to get their education at school. Teach them all you can at home, too!