Advocacy Through Fashion Tech
Learn how to provide opportunities for students to design and create fashion tech apparel that tells a story or expresses a message. Twila is an educator with MakeFashion Edu, who will be joined by James Simpson and Carrie Leung, will share how Fashion Tech can be introduced into classroom settings. Students are encouraged as young designers to learn design thinking, technical skills, practical building skills, and most importantly using these skills to express themselves and tell stories for themselves and their communities. Student work is celebrated and exhibited to a public audience, usually in a runway event.
Twila has been an educator for 25+ years and an advocate for project based learning for most of them. She believes that every classroom should be a makerspace as students learn best by doing. Academics and projects can be integrated so there is purpose in the learning and students should have many opportunities to show and talk about their work outside of the classroom. Twila is currently in Tucson, AZ after a 5 year stint in Shenzhen, China where she had the opportunity to collaborate with SteamHead and MakeFashion Edu.
Carrie Leung is a maker-educator focused on building open community platforms for young makers, educators, and industry to collaborate, learn, and connect. She has spent eight years in Shenzhen, China teaching in project-based learning classrooms and exploring ways to embed the maker mindset and real-life experiences into education. Afterwards, she set up an Electronics and Media program at High Tech High in California. Outside the classroom, she built non-profit programs and spaces, MakeFashion Edu and SteamHead, to connect her community of schools, teachers, and companies with each other and to leverage the amazing technology manufacturing resources that Shenzhen is famous for.
James is empowering Maker Ed teachers, students, and schools with techniques and formalization of their makerspace programs. Living in Shenzhen for the 8 years, coming from San Francisco, he is using his engineering and academic mindset to organize the chaotic world of Making into a system of learnable innovation by releasing Open Source tools, hosting public meetings, and donating time to organizations in Shenzhen, California, and Arizona. The SteamHead makerspace he set up and community in Shenzhen ran possibly the first foreign funded and staffed maker education program in China.