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Sew Much More STEAM!

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Next-Gen Sewing: e-Fashion

Yesterday we looked at how you can add value to the content of a traditional Textiles, Apparel and Fashion curriculum by identifying areas where STEAM concepts are introduced and applied.  Today we’re venturing into new territory as we explore the topic of e-Fashion, also known as wearable electronics.

Adding a wearable electronics or e-Fashion component to you existing Textiles, Apparel and Fashion curriculum will add spark (literally and figuratively) to your sewing program.  Electronic textiles, also known as soft circuits, are electrical circuits created using flexible conductive materials (such as conductive threads and fabrics) in conjunction with discrete electronics components (such as lights, batteries, switches, and sensors).  Smart textiles are enhanced with technology that makes textiles and apparel both functional and fashionable.

Learning to design and engineer soft circuits of increasing complexity is an empowering and formative STEAM experience for students in Family and Consumer Science courses.  These activities encourage students to consider technology in a creative context, and creativity in a more technical format.  Providing students with the technical understanding necessary to complete projects utilizing soft circuits encourages creative problem-solving and design skills.

LED Shoes Cut
TwinkLED Toes Shoe Clips

To learn more about e-Fashion and STEAM, check out our TwinkLED Toes, An Introduction to Next Gen Textiles  FREE downloadable lesson on our website.  The lesson includes standards, competencies, STEAM vocabulary, Project Summary page, Project Reference Sheet, Troubleshooting guide, and student Project Sheet.  This simple and inexpensive activity makes a great introduction to the exciting new world of digital sewing.

As always, I’d love to hear from you, our FACS friends!  Have you had experience with wearable technology in your classroom?  Are you interested in learning more about e-Fashion?  We welcome your comments!

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STEAM-Powered FACS!

I need to begin this post with an apology and an big “thank-you” to everyone who pre-ordered Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM or the STEAM Bundle (FACS:  Full STEAM Ahead and Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM).  I missed the ship date for these resources by more than one week and I’m very grateful for your patience!  (To be completely honest, I’m also very glad that the stacks of boxed orders waiting to be shipped are finally out the door and no longer taking up space in our office! LOL)  The response to our STEAM resources has been kind of amazing and we are very grateful!  I truly hope that everyone who receives a copy of one or both STEAM resources finds them useful in their FACS classroom!

STEAM books 6After more than a year of researching and writing about the application of STEAM to the FACS classroom, I am convinced that this is a pivotal moment in the future of our discipline.  Embracing the STEAM approach to classroom instruction is critical to building the image of FACS as a discipline that is current, challenging and valuable to students and communities.  Incorporating STEAM concepts and methods can help FACS move from an expendable elective to an elite component of the curriculum.

I know this change won’t happen overnight and it won’t be an easy process, but anything worth doing is always worth the effort!  The biggest obstacle we face may come from us.  As FACS teachers, like all teachers, you have so many challenges to face every day, it seems unfair to ask you to add something else to your already overflowing plate of responsibilities!  I hear you!  I’ve been there!  That’s exactly my motivation for creating resources like FACS: Full STEAM Ahead and Cooking Up a Cool Career with STEAM.  I do the researching, outlining and project development so that you can adapt and implement STEAM into your curriculum with a minimum commitment of time and effort.  It really is imperative that we adapt to this new paradigm and I’d like to help you meet the challenge.

Stay tuned to this blog, our Facebook page and our website for ideas for adding STEAM power to your FACS program.  I’m here to help!

Ramona

Be so good

 

 

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation :-)

Before I get started writing about today’s topic, I want to share another resource I’ve discovered related to my last post, a lesson based on decorating a school locker.   Students can virtually design a dream locker on this site.  Very cool!  http://www.lockerlookz.com/ 

Locker design

We had one of the busiest summers ever since starting Fresh FACS!  We traveled roughly 4000 miles to participate in one national FACS conference and four state FACS conferences!  Phew!  We literally wore the wheels off one of our suitcases!  No joke!  The wheels just fell apart!  All that travel was definitely hectic and tiring, but it was so much fun getting to meet and exchange ideas with so many of our FACS friends!  Once again, I came away firmly convinced that attending professional development conferences and workshops is one of the best ways to stay up to date on all things FACS and to maintain enthusiasm that is so important to success in the classroom. 

One of my favorite things to do at a conference (besides exhibiting and presenting workshops) is to visit the vendor booths in the exhibit hall.  There are so many great ideas and products out there that you might never know about without this experience.  Just in case your summer plans did not include a conference experience, I’d like to share a few of the products and resources I discovered during my summer travels.  FYI—We do not sell any of these products!  I just think they’re worth sharing with you!

Bake For Good from King Arthur Flour is a free program that teaches kids to make bread from scratch.  Kids use math, science, baking techniques, reading and following directions, time management and more through this great program.  King Arthur even supplies the ingredients for the activities!  Awesome!  Learn more at http://www.kingarthurflour.com/learnbakeshare/.

bake for good

I love the recipes in this Team Nutrition cookbook available free from the USDA.  The recipes were all submitted by kids as part of the Recipes For Healthy Kids Competition.  You can request a free copy of print a copy from the website.  http://www.fns.usda.gov/sites/default/files/cookbook-homes.pdf  You can also download individual recipes from the cookbook. 

recipe for healthy kids cookbook

I mentioned this product on our Facebook page after attending the IFCSE conference in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  If your students are issued tablets and you’ve been looking for a creative way to use them in your classroom, you should definitely check this out.  So clever!  http://www.interactiveapplicationsllc.com/

Newborn

If you teach food safety, you’re probably already familiar with this website, but I encourage you to check it out again.  I picked up a packet of great new resources from Fight Bac!  Go to the website to request yours today!  http://www.fightbac.org/

fight bac

Sugar seems to have been labeled the nutritional boogey man of the moment by the news media so I was very interested in the materials I picked up from the Sugar Association.  You can request free materials from their website.  The movie Fed Up movie can also be viewed from the website.  Might be interesting to view the movie with your students and discuss the role of sugar in the American diet.  http://www.sugar.org/

sugar

This post is getting a little long so I think I’ll wrap it up for today.  I’ll have more products and websites to share later this week.  Hope you find some of these resources useful!

Ramona