Illuminate Me: Merging Conductive Sewing, Technology, and Solar Power

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Sew up a unit on solar energy with a hands-on project. Groups sew LED lights on clothing using conductive thread. Solar modules attached to a helmet provide the energy for the lights. A final presentation gives learners the opportunity to share their designs with the rest of the class.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Team up with a family and consumer sciences teacher and/or a computer teacher for the project
Classroom Considerations
  • Scholars must have experience with solar modules and electric circuits
  • Knowledge of programming is beneficial
  • Activity requires a variety of hardware and other materials; see resource for complete list
Pros
  • Provides a list of vocabulary terms and their definitions
  • Includes detailed instructions with pictures and diagrams
Cons
  • None