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News Release 10-230

NSF Celebrates Computer Science Education Week 2010

NSF-funded programs like GLITCH and E-Textiles make it cool to compute and may inspire the next Bill Gates

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Photo of a circular array of sewable electronic components forming an interactive embroidery.

At MIT's Media Lab, the High-Low Tech research group explores the integration of high and low technology from cultural, material and practical perspectives in order to engage diverse groups of people in developing their own technologies. Pictured here is "interactive embroidery" created by Becky Stern. Stern was an adapter of E-Textiles LilyPad Arduino, a set of sewable electronic components that let you build your own soft, interactive fashion. In this piece, Stern combined her interest and expertise in a traditional craft, embroidery, with special effects she was able to create with computing.

Credit: Leah Buechley, MIT Media Lab.

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As part of Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) 2010, NSF's Lisa-Joy Zgorski speaks with CSEdWeek representative Cameron Wilson of the Association for Computing Machinery and spotlights two exciting NSF-funded programs that engage a diversity of students not usually exposed to computer science: GLITCH at Georgia Tech, represented by Amy Bruckman, associate professor at the College of Computing, PhD candidate Betsy DiSalvo and GLITCH Alumnus James Bowland-Gleason; and E-Textiles at MIT represented by Leah Buechley, assistant professor at the MIT Media Lab, and student Emily Lovell.

Credit: Georgia Tech/MIT/National Science Foundation