Virtual Lab Tour

Laura Morrison explains how e-textiles, chibitronics and coding can be incorporated into the classroom.

For this project, participants will be programming LED lights on felt animals using mBlock and Lilypad Arduino software.

An Introduction to E-Textiles

(Saunders, 2016)

The Basics of Circuitry

Series Circuits –> A closed circuit in which the current follows one path.

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(All About Circuits, 2003).

Parallel Circuits –> A closed circuit in which the current has two more paths to follow.

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(All About Circuits, 2003).

The Flow of Electrons –> Positive to positive, negative to negative

For some additional assistance with using this in your classroom, an E-textiles Handout has been embedded here.

Curriculum Connections

Primary (Grade 1 – 3):

Grade 2

–> Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Air and Water in the Environment

– 2.4 – Investigate the stages of the water cycle, including evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection.

Junior (Grade 4 – 6):

Grade 4

–> Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities

– 2.2 – Build food chains consisting of different plants and animals, including humans.

– 3.5 – Classify organisms, including humans, according to their role in a food chain.

– 3.6 – Identify animals that are carnivores, herbivores, or omnivores.

Intermediate (Grade 7 – 8):

Grade 8

–> Understanding Life Systems: Cells

– 3.2 – Identify structures and organelles in cells, including the nucleus, cell membrane, cell wall, chloroplasts, vacuole, mitochondria, and cytoplasm, and explain the basic functions of each.

– 3.3 – Compare the structure and function of plant and animal cells.


All About Circuits. (2003). What are “series” and “parallel” circuits: Chapter 5  – Series and parallel circuits. Retrieved from: http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/textbook/direct-current/chpt-5/what-are-series-and-parallel-circuits/.

Saunders, A. (2016). E-textiles with Allison and Sarah [Video file]. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsfrROZHbHQ.

Information for this page provided by Sarah Barnett & Allison Saunders