Empowering Diverse Young Techies through Soft Circuits

Presenter

Young women frequently avoid electronics and programming because of its cultural stigmas and apparent lack of creativity. How do we expand computer science culture to be more inclusive to women? Here, we introduce Sew Electric -- a book that engages young people (and adults!) who don't consider themselves techies in creating technology -- by teaching electronics and programming through a series of sewable electronics projects, from building a singing plush monster to crafting a touch-sensitive fabric piano.




44 Daughters

Exhibit

The 44 Daughters (and Sons) suggest what is is like to be a family of girls (and boys) who are all different. They show the world that we are all the same, but also our own selves, and we should be accepted for who we are. This year, you can Make-Your-Own-Dolls. Come by my exhibit to learn how!











Ele Story

Exhibit

Founder and designer Judy Jou, a former costume designer and mother of an energetic two year old, brings a fresh, sweet new look to classic little girls' silhouettes in her first collection.





Rory Dawson

Performer

Rory has been playing freestyle footbag and developing robotic systems since 2004. Eventually he discovered that he could combine both passions by lighting up and roboticizing footbags and shoes with LEDs and sensors.