Week 1

Welcome! In this class, we will review the course, meet our materials, and explore major course themes through relevant projects by artists, engineers, and designers.

Week 2

This week you will learn the basics of electricity and circuits. You’ll meet core materials and components, build progressively more complex circuits to learn basic electrical concepts, and practice using a multimeter.

Week 3

Enter Arduino! We will learn how to build a soft switch using conductive textiles, then connect it to Arduino. You’ll write and debug a program that allows you to change an LED’s behavior with your fabric button. Due: Project 1

Week 4

Enter Arduino! We will meet the Arduino environment and board, then learn how to connect a sensor you made and read incoming data. We’ll also explore debugging techniques when working with hardware and software. Due: Project 2

Week 5

Now that we’ve covered the fundamentals, we’ll deep dive into Arduino again this week to focus on smoothing input data, building a touch circuit, and practice our sensors connecting to p5.js

Week 6

This week we consider how tools define a practice, then build and implement three temporary and permanent connections including soldering, snaps, pin probes, and more. Due: Project 3

Week 7

This week we will focus on designing and crafting soft, flexible circuit boards. After a short design challenge, we will explore a few techniques for fabrication, then you will select one and build a flexible PCB that connects to Arduino. 

Week 8

Continue working on Project 5 and rest.

Week 9

Ready, set, prototype! This week, you will complete a design challenge in small groups. We’ll use all of the skills and concepts we’ve learned so far to apply them to a conceptual theme. Due: Project 4

Week 10

Turn up the heat! We will learn how to construct a circuit to control high current loads for heating. We will experiment with thermochromic ink through painting and screen printing techniques.

Week 11

This week we will explore sound. You will construct fabric speakers using handmade and digital techniques, the learn how to connect them to various sound outputs. Due: Project 5

Week 12

We will use our high load circuit to make things move. We will practice connecting SMAs (Flexinol) to our circuit and get an introduction to DIY motors with flip dots. You will also receive your final project brief.

Week 13

In preparation for your final, we will discuss considerations for designing a soft interactive system, revisit sensor creation, explore different boards, and examine power supply options. Due: Project 6

Week 14

Come prepared to share out your final project proposal in small groups. You will give and receive feedback focused on project scope, conceptual strength, and technical implementation.

Week 15

This week, we’ll have studio time for you to work on and debug your final project.

Week 16

Final share out and class wrap up!