Wearable ElectronicsWant to learn about electronic wearables? Then check out Senn High School’s “It’s Lit” at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire!

I had a chance to speak with Michael Kolody, teacher at Senn High School, about “It’s Lit” for the Faire. Mr. Kolody wants to show people how fun and easy it is to make electronic wearables–a technology that can be worn, like a t-shirt or hat that lights up. “When I talk to other people, people find this idea to be very intimidating,” Michael Kolody explained. He explained that it can be scaled up with a Lilypad Arduino but it doesn’t have to be that complicated. He wants to show people that wearable electronics can be very accessible. Mr. Kolody told me that his electronic wearables unit was extraordinarily engaging to his students and wants to share it with other people.

For Maker  Faire, people will be able to learn how to design their own electronic pins with felt, electrical tape, and coin batteries, in five to seven minutes. People will also get to see some of the stellar examples of Mr. Kolody’s students’ work in a public forum. Visitors may even have the opportunity to be taught by one of his star pupils. Mr. Kolody will also have curriculum plans for any teacher who wants to teach wearable electronics in their classroom.

We can’t wait to make our own light-up pin at Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire with Senn High School’s It’s Lit!


Elisa Shoenberger is a writer and oral historian in Chicago. She has written for Ozy, the Billfold, LoveTV, Rebellious Magazine, the Reset, the City Creatures blog for the Center for Humans and Nature. She is the co-editor and co-founder of the Antelope Magazine. You can check out her blog Not Without Her Bowler Hat.

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