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Exciting Plans for 2020!

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Fresh Start for Fresh FACS

You’ll probably think I’m crazy, but January is my absolute favorite month!  I love the opportunity to reflect on the accomplishments of the year past and prepare for the future!  It’s a chance to reorganize and plan for the months that lie ahead!  Who couldn’t love that, right?

In the spirit of looking forward to the new year, I thought I’d quickly share some of the projects we plan to share with all of you, our FACS friends, in 2020!  We hope that some of these ideas inspire you to continue bringing new ideas and content into your FACS curriculum.

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Daily FACSessories Delivered to your FB Feed

Beginning Monday, January 6 Fresh FACS will be delivering daily tidbits related to all FACS content areas that you can share with your students.  I am constantly surprised by the fascinating and surprising depth of the connection of the FACS curriculum and the world at large.  To ensure that you and your student don’t miss any of these interesting facts, be sure that you are following Fresh FACS on Facebook!

A Novel Approach to Classic Fiction in the FACS Classroom

A supplement to our popular reading resource, A Novel Approach to Incorporating Fiction into the FACS Classroom, is in development and will be released sometime this summer.  The inspiration for this project was the release of the new movie adaptation of Little Women.  (The movie is must-see, BTW!)  Pictured above is my cherished antique copy of this wonderful novel by Louisa May Alcott along with the newest trade paper release.  I’m so excited to develop the activities that will enable FACS educators to use Little Women as an instructional tool in the classroom.  A Novel Approach to Classic Fiction will also feature activities based on Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery and Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  Other titles are currently under consideration.

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Soft Circuit FACS

In recent months I have developed a fascination with the topic of soft circuits or wearable electronics, as it’s sometimes called.  This blending of electronics and textiles and apparel offers such exciting options for expending and enhancing the FACS curriculum that I’m amazed it hasn’t gotten more attention!  I am developing a curriculum for bringing soft circuits into FACS that I hope will be ready for distribution in the fall of 2020.  If you are a little skeptical about how this could work, don’t worry!  I’ll make myself available for hands-on workshops on the topic!  If you want a sneak preview of Soft Circuit FACS, download the TwinkLED Toes Shoe Clips activity (it’s free) from the Fresh FACS website.  Also check out this fabulous website on the subject of wearable technology.

2020 Preview Wrap Up

Well, that’s an overview of the things we’re working on to help you enhance and expand your FACS programs.  As always, we appreciate the loyalty, passion and dedication of the FACS educators who use the resources I develop!  We look forward to a busy and productive 2020 as we seek to build and support FACS education!

Happy New Year to All our FACS Friends!

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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.

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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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This Is New!

I’m sure you’ve all experienced that rush of adrenaline when something you’ve been working on for a very long time finally becomes reality!  It’s heady and exhilarating, right?  Well, that’s where our little staff at Fresh FACS is right now!  For a little over four months, we’ve been working on the development and launch of our 2018 catalog and it’s finally complete and ready to share with all of you and we’re very excited.

Now you’re probably wondering, what’s the big deal, right?  We publish a standard catalog of our products every year, so how is this any different and why should you, our FACS friends, care?  Well, I’m glad you asked!  We decided to take an entirely new approach to our catalog this year.  We wanted to make it more than just a showcase of our products.  We wanted it to be something that FACS teachers would enjoy perusing–more like a magazine than a catalog!  So that’s exactly what we did!  We created an attractive publication in which we hope you will find tons of useful and interesting information!  And, oh yes, you will also have access to information about our entire product line of fresh ideas for the FACS classroom!

The cover image of our magazine/catalog appears at the top of this post.  If you’ll look closely at the text on the chalkboard image, you’ll see five project titles listed:  Pizza Perfection, Pasta Engineering, Sweet Architecture, Idea to Icon and Stories and Stitches.  These are five brand new FACS activities outlined in the magazine/catalog that are free for you download to use in your classroom.  Here’s a summary and description of each activity.

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Pizza Perfection–The Science and Style of Pizza

Through this activity, students will explore the science, math, history and style of this incredibly popular dish.  This multi-faceted activity includes:

  • Top Your Own Pizza Recipe
  • Pizza Dictionary
  • A Slice of Pizza History
  • Pizza Personality, What’s Your Style?  An exploration of the most popular styles of pizza and their characteristics.
  • Pizza Style Investigation
  • Pizza With Style, Beyond the Basic Recipe–An exercise in pizza recipe development

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Pasta Engineering–Engineering the Perfect Pasta Salad

This activity will introduce students to the science and engineering of developing the perfect pasta salad.  The activity includes:

  • An introduction to pasta shapes in Pasta Salad Varieties–ID, Please!
  • Selecting the pasta for and original pasta salad recipe.
  • Cooking secrets for perfect pasta salad.
  • Steps and options for developing the perfect original pasta salad recipe.
  • Pasta Salad Dressing Options
  • Engineering the Perfect Pasta Salad Planning guide.

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Sweet Architecture–Engineering a Not So Classic Gingerbread House

This activity is designed to provide students with experience in the application of the principles of the science of baking; observation of the fundamentals of engineering a stable structure; and identification and replication of the elements of specific architectural styles.  This is definitely not a quick holiday activity!  The activity includes:

  • An introduction to ten architectural styles.
  • An Architectural Elements Research Guide
  • Gingerbread Backstory, Hansel and Gretel and Beyond.
  • Engineering a Gingerbread House
  • Gingerbread Glossary
  • Recipes for Construction Gingerbread and Edible Icing Mortar
  • Testing the Mortar, Assessing the Structural Integrity of Edible Mortar options.
  • Gingerbread Hints and Hacks

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Stories and Stitches

This activity combines reading, crafts, sewing and identification of developmental stages into one comprehensive and fun activity.  The project includes:

  • Guidelines for Selecting Books for Preschoolers
  • Benefits of reading in early childhood development
  • Sewing Cards as a Developmental Tool
  • Project outline to guide students through the steps in creating a set of original sewing cards based on a book of their own selection.
  • Sewing Cards Design Activity Evaluation Rubric

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Edible Art Exhibit

Hosting an edible art exhibit can be an excellent opportunity to showcase students’ culinary and artistic skills.  Creating an original work of edible art requires the application of concepts related to:

  • Knife skills
  • Garnishing
  • Cake decorating
  • Food safety and sanitation
  • Food preservation
  • Food selection and purchasing
  • Cost management
  • Food photography
  • Structural design
  • Presentation

This activity will guide you and your students through the process of designing edible works or art, as well as planning and coordinating an edible art exhibit.

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Idea to Icon

Many of the products we use every day have very interesting back stories.  This timeline project is designed to guide students through researching and creating a timeline for one of a dozen iconic consumer products:  commercial sewing pattern, breakfast cereal, blender, disposable diaper, commercial baby food, recliner, pizza, fast food, car seat, blue jeans, sneakers, or flip flops.  The activity includes:

  • Research guidelines
  • Timeline examples
  • Presentation options
  • Evaluation rubric

There’s so much more to learn and do in the 2018 Fresh FACS magazine/catalog!  We hope you’ll check it out.  You can page through the entire catalog by clicking on the image below.  To request a hard copy of the magazine/catalog, send us a request on this blog or by private message on Facebook.  Be sure to include the address where you would like your publication mailed.