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Wearable electronics (sometimes called e-textiles) is one of the latest trends in the embedded electronics world. With the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board, you’ll be introduced to sewable electronics through the LilyPad system, a technology developed through a partnership between SparkFun and MIT Professor Leah Buechley.

The ProtoSnap series is a new way to prototype your project without a breadboard. Everything is wired together on a single board, which makes it easy to explore the possibilities of the components before snapping them apart and building them into your project.

The ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board is designed to get you started in the world of e-textiles. Combining a LilyPad Simple Board with other LilyPad components like a buzzer, a vibration motor, an RGB LED, a button, a switch, five LEDs, a light sensor, and a temperature sensor, the ProtoSnap LilyPad Development Board lets you dive right into wearable electronics. When you’ve learned how to program the LilyPad Development Board, you can break apart the components and explore the power of the LilyPad platform.

These materials are intended to help educators who are teaching Intro to Arduino or Arduino and Processing and don't want to have to use a soldering iron to embed the electronics. Sew microcontrollers into your teddy bear, kite or jacket for some project based learning you can hug, fly or wear!

We should have enough equipment available for everyone to use for the class, but if you'd like your own LilyPad Development Board to keep, you can find it available here:

This will be the second class in a three week series, a progressive journey through computational thinking and basic programming concepts.

Series progression:

Scratch & Pico -> LilyPad & ArduBlock -> Intro to Arduino

There is absolutely no requirement or necessity to attend all three courses. They are simply being offered in series for children or anyone new to programming that wishes to sort of wade -> swim -> dive over a three week span as opposed to diving straight into text-based programming.

This class will be fun for the WHOLE family! :-)

Instructor: Dav Nowinski

Prerequisites: None.

What to bring: A laptop and some lunch (or visit a nearby restaurant)
Note: Please install the Arduino software on your computer before the class. Click here ( for instructions on installing the Arduino software. If you have any issues installing the software, shoot Dav (the class instructor) and e-mail ( or come to class a little early and he'll get ya squared away.

I imagine four hours will be more than enough time to comfortably get through the material, but if we need more time, I'll be able to stay around a couple more hours (6pm).

Class Cost: Donate whatever you feel the class is worth (if able) and all proceeds will go to TinkerMill operational costs.


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