Using alligator clips, eThread, fabric, sewing skills, and imagination, students are creating wearable technology. Some have done projects in college, but others are in middle school and high school. The Hacket is an eJacket designed by an eighth grader to flash stars from it when a sound is detected, to show a flashing heart (which the designer plans in the future to show his actual heartbeat), and to play music when anyone hugs him. A college student created a glove that electronically detects pressure to the hand. It’s meant to help those with diabetes and other diseases in which people lack feeling in their hands. In the video about wearable tech, you’ll also see how this technology is a great way to create costumes. Think of how this might be used in art, tech, or engineering classes, along with in extracurricular club experiences. Designing wearable technology is a great way to motivate students to learn about electronics, science, technologies, and design—all while they are having fun. Materials for eTextiles can be found at Sparkfun Electronics, where you’ll also find tutorials.