Project Description

Using conductive thread sewn into felt fabrics, students will learn about circuitry and the power of the invisible electron in this highly unique program.

Students will learn about basic circuitry while designing and sewing a decorated pillow that glows using conductive thread, LED’s, and a coin battery. Younger students will design clay sculptures that glow using clay and LED – also known as squishy circuits. This project gives students an opportunity to think like engineers as they lay out an electrical circuit to illuminate their design.

Final Product
Students will design, decorate and sew a useable felt pillow that they wire themselves using conductive thread and LED’s that can be turned on and off with a fabric button they make themselves.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn basic circuitry, what makes a circuit, how to connect battery to output source-the LED, how to make an on/off button.
  • Students will learn about the nature of electrons, conductivity, resistance.
  • Students will have the opportunity to make creative choices, in the design of their project, such as developing a design, placement of color, shape.
  • Students will expand their scope of what is possible in terms of creative expression and applied technology as they combine fiber arts with electronics to create their art project.
  • Students will learn basic hand sewing skills while creating a light-up LED pillow.

Suggested Grades

  • Best suited for 3rd-12th grades

Pricing Breakdown

  • 4 visits at 45 minutes each
  • Prep hours: 1 hour per classroom
  • Materials: $1.25 per student
  • Travel from Corvallis

Why I teach art:

“Art is a universal language that provides access points to learning, opens doors to self expression and offers  opportunities for exploration. I teach art because I want students to believe that their ideas are valid and worth exploring and art is a means I can offer to facilitate their discoveries. I enter each class, meet every student with the intention that they’ll be inspired by the glow of their own creative courage to carry into their days.” –Victoria Wills