Computation Sketchbook by Jie Qi at Ars Electronica 2009

A really cool project using the Lilypad Arduino. There’s a great post by Skillcrush that talks about using the Lilypad Arduino to make technology more fun and accessible.

When I tell people that one of my personal goals is to bring more women into tech, and that I plan to do so by making tech learning fun and accessible, a lot of people – usually men – worry that what I am doing is patronizing. They worry that I am peddling a “dumbed down” version of tech learning, and that I think women need to be shielded from the “harder stuff.”

Inherent in this argument is the idea that this “harder stuff” – a more difficult, less accessible version of things – is the real version and thus the better version. But what if the more difficult, less accessible version is just that? Unnecessarily difficult and inaccessible?

I think it’s important to show that technology is not just the stereotype (of nerds coding all day, or even ‘bro-grammers’). Technology can be fun and beautiful.

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