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Friday, November 7th 4 student teams presented on their wearable technology projects to family, mentors, City-As-School (CAS) supporters, and designers at Impact Hub NYC.  

The projects were completed in just 6 weeks!  Students overcame challenges like: material constraints, team members not showing up, and not enough time fully realize their works.  

The young designers praised instructors, Miki Foster and Hanny Ahern for believing in them when their group was struggling.  Project-based learning unfolds in starts and spurts and in this case the results were quite impressive: working circuits, ideas with real market potential, and teams of students who learned to work together in new ways.   

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ABOVE Art In Your Space teaching artist Miki Foster doing last minute troubleshooting with a student on Swerve Alert.

One student said the bonding that took place between the new students was their highlight.  Alina Balean, an inventor who presented to our class on a Hoodie that tweets spoke with students from Swerve Alert about how they can bring their ideas to market.  

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ABOVE Swerve Alert fielded questions about the range of the sensor that activates lights, vibrates, or pauses music when objects come too close.

BELOW Mentor and industrial designer Carolina Pabon-Escobar with one of the young designers Stop Watch.

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When walking home late at night safety is a concern.  Team Stop Watch address this problem by playing loud sounds like a police officer calling for help to scare off would be attackers by touching your watch.  The team constructed their second prototype with conductive tape to make it more flexible.  Their simple circuit includes a piezo buzzer, a button, and Arduino microprocessor.

BELOW Circuit and diagram for the Stop Watch prototype

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Blu is a sound activated pillow that plays soothing music and emits a gentle light to help babies and young children fall back to sleep.  They hope to link the pillow to a parents pillow to create easy monitoring of the child’s sleep patterns.

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ABOVE Team Blu explain how their prototype as it plays Twinkle Twinkle Little Star after a snap of fingers activates the sound sensor.

Huge thanks to Eyebeam, coordinator Erica Kermani, Melissa Birnbaum Internship coordinator and Alan Cheng the principal at CAS, and Sam and Marissa from Impact Hub for their support with Body Electric: Final Exhibition.

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