Tech DIY takes a soft touch toward teaching electronics—literally.
Now on Kickstarter, the kit uses sewing to teach kids and adult beginners about electronic and electric circuits by sewing dolls, soft figures and bracelets that light up, move and make noises.
Tech DIY was created by Ji Sun Lee and Jaymes Dec, the authors of “Tech DIY, Easy Electronics Projects for Parents and Kids,” published in 2016 by Maker Media.
While working on her master’s thesis and thinking of ways to close the gender gap in technology, Lee began exploring the idea of using textile crafts to teach electronics for her master’s thesis.
Dec is a fab lab teacher at a girls’ private school, while Lee is a professor at a women’s college in Korea.
“I also worked in the IT industry for many years, where it had very few women employees.