2010 Systers Pass It On Award Winner
E-textiles workshop for highschool and middle school girls – the softer side of computing
Ann-Marie is a doctoral student in Information Systems Security at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Her interest in security is usable security and privacy, and how to apply human-centered design to security. Her PIO award-funded group project, E-textiles workshop for high school and middle school girls – the softer side of computing, will allow her to build samples of wearable computers and e-clothing. With her colleagues, she will be able to teach entry level e-textile workshops to young women (middle school and high school) on how to create a simple circuit with clothing and conductive thread. The e-textile workshops can provide a successful computing experience with materials that women have traditionally excelled in manipulating. That successful experience can translate into confidence in women’s abilities to create technology artifacts, and the realization that computing is not just cubicles and algorithms inside screens; computing can be a social experience.