LilyPad Ardiuno

Difficulty: Hard
Age Target: High School
YWiC first integrated LilyPad Arduino technology into its curriculum for high school summer camps in 2009. This tool has been used steadily throughout all subsequent high school camps, and continues be an effective tool for captivating our students interest in computing and technology. LilyPad programming and sewing instruction is taught by undergraduate and graduate students and typically ranges from 10-12 hours (2 hours per day for 5-6 days). An additional 10-12 hours is allotted for students to complete their chosen LilyPad project(s) (Again, 2 hours per day for 5-6 days).

LilyPad Arduino Overview

All teaching materials can be found on Leah Beuchley’s LilyPad Arduino website:

There is zero need to recreate the wheel for instructional materials. Leah made it perfect!Popular Projects

Students use paint, conductive thread, and LilyPad components in combination with t-shirts, tote bags, and, most recently, stuffed animals to create “wearable e-textiles”. Memorable designs include an “Operation” t-shirt (the man’s nose lit up red when certain organs were touched), a Winnie the Pooh tote-bag (featuring LED bees, a button and a speaker that played the Winnie the Pooh theme song), and a Jedi stuffed animal (the cow had an LED green light saber and a speaker that played the Star Wars theme song).

To view the Summer 2014 curriculum click here.

To view Summer 2016 presentation click here and to view the step by step curriculum click here.

 View a video of the LilyPad curriculum from 2012.