Make Your Own Wearables
An Introduction to Engineering for High-School Girls

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What is the Make Your Own Wearables program?

The Lincoln Laboratory Make Your Own Wearables program is an introduction to engineering through wearable technology. The full day workshop hosted by MIT Lincoln Laboratory consists of two major hands-on projects in manufacturing and wearable electronics.

Its mission is to introduce high-school girls to what engineering is, how it is used in many different applications, and to gain key engineering skills such as computer programming and computer-aided design. This workshop aims to help girls entering college have a clear depiction of what an engineer does and have the hands-on skills required to be successful in this field.

What will participants do?

High-school girls will spend the day learning the design process, 3D computer modeling, how to write code, and how to build a circuit. Participants will tour a rapid prototyping machine shop and see how 3D printed jewelry and laser-cut purses are created.

Girls will design a bracelet using Solidworks and code an Arduino Flora for a wearable circuit with pressure sensor and LEDs.

Wearables workshop - 3D printed sphere Wearables Workshop - 3D print lab

Where is it held?

Instruction is typically provided at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, Massachusetts. The activities will be explained by MIT Lincoln Laboratory technical staff and guest speakers in the wearable technology industry. Volunteers from Lincoln Laboratory will be on hand to assist girls in understanding and completing the activities.

What is the cost?

The registration fee for this workshop is $20 to cover the cost of materials. No refunds are available for cancellations.

Wearables workshop -  Picture Yourself Wearables Workshop - Coding

This program is open to:

  • U.S. citizens (foreign citizens who are permanent residents are not eligible)
  • High-school girls (9th to 12th grade)
Wearables Workshop - Applying LED to shoes

Upcoming dates for workshop

  • December 2015
  • Spring 2016

For educators

Host your own wearable technology workshop!
The curriculum developed by Lincoln Laboratory will be made available on MIT's OpenCourseWare  Highlights for High School. (Coming soon!)


What the girls said after the workshop

"I learned a lot about different areas of engineering I didn’t know even existed."
"I loved it! It was satisfying when the shoe lit up. I now want to get into more programming"
What new skills do you see yourself using again? "Programing definitely"
"I have a new idea of being a prosthetics engineer"
"I would definitely come back next year"
"I really liked Solidworks. We had fun designing bracelets and changing the design"

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