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gadgITERATION and MFA DT Students Earn Blue Ribbons at Maker Faire!

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At Maker Faire this year, gadgITERATION got a “Best in Class” ribbon, and MFA DT 2015 students, Joselyn McDonald and Nicole Messier project *blink blink* got both an “Editor’s Choice” and “Best in Class” award!

gadgITERATION offers a youth development program and hardware platform for novice engagement in electronic tinkering. By foregrounding personal expression,gadgITERATION lowers barriers to the design and production of interactive, electronic objects.

*blink blink* is a social venture designed to create and distribute educational soft-circuits (LEDs, batteries, sewable electronics!) toolkits to young women in middle and high school (ages 12 – 16) in order to break through the barriers to science, technology, art, and engineering (STEM).

Only 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is comprised of women. There are many barriers to these fields, among them are access to materials, experience with electronics, positive reinforcement and community support, time to  explore electronics in a safe space, and lack of role modeling.

*blink blink* is an educational toolkit and curriculum that provides young women (ages 12 – 16) with the opportunity to explore, create, and play with STEM concepts via soft circuits – LEDs, batteries, conductive thread – in order to overcome the barriers to STEM studies and careers. Soft-circuits allow the student to engage in participatory learning of STEM curriculum while simultaneously creating and crafting exciting items that are wearable, light-up, make sound, and much more. The exercises would be guided by encouraging female STEM role-models and all the necessary components would be included in the kit.

Please visit www.blinkblink.cc for more information.

Congrats!

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