Wow, I never thought of anything like this as crafting. I always thought about sewing, scrapbooking, rock hounding and carving, and making wood projects as crafting, this is a whole new level.
I have a hard time putting this into the classroom beyond a maker’s space, but I can see lots of uses for kids. Watching the Adafruit videos on wearable flora, the first thing that came to mind was the Wearable Art Show in Sitka where high school students create wearable art out of all kinds of things. This would be the ultimate item to use for that. It would require them to be creative and industrious. Back to the classroom, I don’t know, I don’t see it.
Andrew Terranova (2014) has a great article about Becky Stern wearable’s, they all look cool, but where is the education application? This is really cool stuff but how can I use it in class beyond art or a makerspace type environment? Ok, so I read some more and found some good ideas for science fair projects, I forgot about that aspect. Using the wearable flora, students could create GPS tractable cat collars and map where cats go, or track birds, or frogs, or any animal to see what the habits are. Jaseem Vp lists ten science fair projects that are all great ideas using electronic crafting.
If you Google images of electronic crafts there are numerous items kids could make. I just can’t get excited about this. I don’t see it as a “thing” that would happen where I live simply because of cost. These are great Ideas, don’t get me wrong, I just don’t see it as anything I could use now.
Terranova, A. (July 15, 2014). Make: 10 Fabulous and Fashionable Wearable Projects From Becky Stern. Retrieved from http://makezine.com/2014/07/15/10-fabulous-and-fashionable-wearable-projects-from-becky-stern/
Vp, J. (2013). Top 10 Science Fair Electronics Projects for School. Retrieved from http://www.circuitsgallery.com/2013/01/top10-science-fair-projects.html