RES.2-005 | Spring 2015 | High School

Girls Who Build: Make Your Own Wearables Workshop

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Workshop Overview

This page focuses on the Girls Who Build: Make Your Own Wearables Workshop as it was facilitated by Kristen Railey in December 2014.

The Make Your Own Wearables Workshop introduces high school girls to computer science and electrical and mechanical engineering through wearable technology. This one-day workshop, developed by MIT Lincoln Laboratory, consists of hands-on projects in manufacturing and wearable electronics. These include 3D printing jewelry and laser cutting a purse, as well as programming LEDs to light up when walking. Participants learn the design process, 3D computer modeling, and about machine shop tools, in addition to writing code and building a circuit.

Intended Workshop Outcomes

Workshop Goals for Participants

  • Discover what engineering is
  • Challenge stereotypes about who engineers are and what they do
  • Gain exposure to the design process
  • Explore 3D computer modeling
  • Design a bracelet using SOLIDWORKS
  • Code a FLORA in Arduino for a wearable circuit with pressure sensor and LEDs
  • Tour a rapid prototyping machine shop

Facilitator Interview

"I hope educators who facilitate this workshop in the future will come up with more wearable circuit ideas."
—Kristen Railey

In the following pages, Kristen Railey describes various aspects of how she and the volunteers facilitated the Girls Who Build: Make Your Own Wearables Workshop in December 2014.

Workshop Information



Upcoming Workshop Offerings

  • December 2015
  • Spring 2016


There are no grades associated with this workshop. 

Participant Information


50 participants

Typical Student Background

In December 2014, participants were girls in grades 9-12. About half of them came to the workshop with previous programming experience. Many of the girls did not have experience with computer-aided design or 3D printing.

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