Wednesday, October 21
1:30-1:50 PM
HST
Alii III

Wearable Technologies to Promote STEM Learning and Attitudes

Brief Paper ID: 46341
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    Gwen Nugent
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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    Bradley Barker
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  3. Neal Grandgenett
    University of Nebraska at Omaha
  4. Jenny Melander
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  5. Carl Nelson
    University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Abstract: Given their integration of engineering, computing, and fashion, wearable technologies promise to be an excellent interdisciplinary context to support student science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning and interest. The technology can provide an ideal hands-on learning space for female students, who tend to be more interested in textiles and design than their male counterparts. This paper presents initial pilot results from the Wearable Technology project (WearTec), which leverages innovative and emerging wearable technologies for STEM teaching and learning. The current results show the positive effects of a wearable technologies program in increasing students’ knowledge of circuitry and engineering design, as well as their self-efficacy with wearable technologies and producing e-textile products. Results also show that formal and informal educators can develop confidence in delivering wearable technologies curriculum through focused professional development.

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