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This blog is developed as part of our project for our course P674: Designing for Change (Spring 2013), Indiana University. This is a resource page for teachers, as we introduce teachers to the LilyPad Arduino.

The LilyPad Arduino is a microcontroller board designed for wearables and e-textiles. It can be sewn to fabric and similarly mounted power supplies, sensors and actuators with conductive thread. There are many versions of the LilyPad Arduino. Here we are focusing on the Sparkfun Protosnap LilyPad Development Board.


You can navigate the site using the tabs at the top of the page:

  • Click the Basic Concepts tab to understand how to use the following
    • LilyPad Arduino Development kit 
    •  Modkit (Visual Programming)
  • Click the Suggested Activities tab for Starter Activities, complete with worksheets which can be used for Teacher Professional Development, or with Students! Based on our pilot implementation, we also have a suggested schedule as well as tips for facilitation.
  • Click the Important Documents tab for the two important documents for workshops – the Startup Guide, as well as the Component Documentation.
  • Click  the Extra Resources tab for more detailed documentation from Sparkfun.
  • Click the About Us tab to find out more about how this project was conceived, our journey in the design process, and how you can contact us!

We also hope to use this blog as a platform for us to get feedback about our materials. You can use the Comments feature on each page.

Specifically, we also hope to generate more ideas on how the LilyPad Arduino can be used in the curriculum. Share with us your thoughts by adding on to our Twitter feed on the right hand side of the blog. We look forward to hear from you!

LilyPad Arduino – Sample Projects, and High-Tech Textile Design: Learning By Doing and Making

There has been a lot of excitement around the LilyPad Arduino, and e-Textiles. Check out the following projects that have been created with the LilyPad Arduino. (Note: Some of these have been created with different versions of the LilyPad Arduino)

Although the kit we are working with is in the form of a development kit, the components can be “snapped” off, and sewn together with conductive thread. So, if you are able to do the Starter Activities on this site, you will be on your way to creating similar projects as showcased below!

Creative e-Jewellery

Musical Christmas Music

Lights on a Shirt that Responds to Light Intensity

High-Tech Textile Design: Learning By Doing and Making
by Dr. Kylie Peppler

Check out the following video too:

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