Celebrating 10 Years of Innovation in Education With LilyPad Sewable Electronics

I wrote up an overview of the history of updates and developments in the LilyPad sewable electronics line since its launch in 2007. Many of these updates I watched happen and appreciated before joining the SparkFun team in 2013, and some I was an active part of developing and creating. It's been an amazing evolution!

An instructor at  iD Tech's Alexa Cafe  collaborates with a student prototyping with LilyPad sewable electronics. Photo via  SparkFun on Flickr

An instructor at iD Tech's Alexa Cafe collaborates with a student prototyping with LilyPad sewable electronics. Photo via SparkFun on Flickr

Read the full post on the SparkFun Education blog.

E-Textiles Webinar for SparkFun

Today I hosted Intro to Sewable Circuits: Teaching Electronics Through Arts and Crafts, a webinar for SparkFun Education. Joining me for the broadcast was Melissa Felderman (Feldi) one of SparkFun's creative technologists who also works quite closely with wearables, soft circuits, and craft tech for her projects. View the recorded webinar below:

Inspire students to explore prototyping with electronics through combining craft and technology. Join Angela Sheehan and Melissa Felderman in an examination of alternative ways to teach introductory electronics and programming using LilyPad sewable electronics. Now through 11/10, get 20% off LilyPad products with code SEPT19WEBINAR

View the rest of the SparkFun Education series Maker Education in the Classroom.

Desk of an Engineer: the Angela Edition

Over at SparkFun, they have a series called Desk of an Engineer where they surprise an unsuspecting engineer with an interview about their workspace. In honor of the LilyPad 10 year anniversary I was the featured guest. Though I am not technically an engineer, I work very closely with engineering through my role in product development. Go check out the full post and pictures of my unique office space over on the SparkFun blog.


Presenting at SXSW 2018


My colleague Melissa Felderman and I were chosen as speakers for the 2018 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. We will be cohosting a session on wearable electronics.

Design x Tech: DIY Wearable Electronics

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Join a discussion around sewable, soft, and wearable electronics for the hobby and handmade level. Learn about tools and products designers need to develop handcrafted wearable electronic projects. Engage in Q&A with experts in hobby level electronic product development and project creation. Discuss the challenges facing soft electronics, how to work around them, and how working with these materials taught them lessons in design thinking. Bring projects and ideas to share and discuss!

Date and time for the workshop TBD, stay tuned with future updates as SXSW releases more session details and programming.

Introducing the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus

Today SparkFun released the LilyPad ProtoSnap Plus, a new offering in the LilyPad system that I was the product manager and lead developer on. Our team has been working on this project for most of the year and we are very proud of this one! It is also the 10 year anniversary of the LilyPad ecosystem, and to celebrate SparkFun has launched a new LilyPad portal to guide users through the product line and inspire them to create with sewable circuits.