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Meet the Inventor of the Arduino used with e-Textiles, Dr Leah Beuchley

Dr. Leah Beuchley’s research has already led to the development of T-shirts that work as instruments, interactive wallpaper that monitors its surroundings and sewable electronic components that allow individuals to build their own wearable, interactive fashion. Leah Buechley is in the enviable position od educating some of the brightest students in the country while collaborating with them on amazingly cool mashups of textiles and technologies. This tech has already found its way into novelty items, but the ideas Buechley germinates may just lead to a future where your sleeve is also your smart phone.

In this presentation, Dr. Beuchley will present, “STEM is Everywhere”: Participation in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is increasingly promoted as a path to personal and national success. Widespread initiatives encourage students to choose STEM majors and careers. Despite the fact that these fields are so widely advocated for, many remain startlingly non-diverse. This talk will examine how cultural traditions contribute to these patterns of participation.

Though we rarely think of them this way, STEM disciplines are cultural disciplines as much as they are intellectual ones. Some cultural practices, rich with STEM content, remain largely invisible in educational and social contexts while others dominate. Why? This talk will explore historical connections between creative practices from different cultures, diversity, and STEM education. It will also provide examples of inclusive educational platforms and present guidelines to help designers connect with a broad range of people and practices.

Dr Beuchley will be presenting as part of the IU School of Informatics and Computing Colloquia Events. Her visit to IU is co-sponsored by the IU School of Informatics and Computing, CEWiT and the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT).

Friday October 27, 2017 01:30 PM
Friday October 27, 2017 02:30 PM
Informatics East Room 130.
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