Monday, August 3, 2015

EMMA's Maiden Voyage

My first voyage with EMMA was to TechSavvyGirls Camp in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. This was an especially special trip for me since it brought lots of maker supplies to the 15th anniversary of a camp I had started as part of my Masters program.

Betsy Calhoun from Lake Region Union High School and I have designed several iterations of TechSavvy Girls camp over the years, and it pleased me so much to be able to have EMMA bring LilyPad Arduinos, 3D printer pens, Little Bits and other supplies to introduce this year’s girls to maker activities and coding physical objects.  You can learn more about TechSavvy Girls at

Using action research from 15 years of experience working with girls and technology, and strategies from authors of Creative Confidence, Tom Kelley and David Kelley (founder of IDEO and Stanford d.School), these young ladies became masters of the creating soft circuits with craft materials and learned to control their creations by coding an Arduino Microprocessor.