Fawn Qiu: Easy DIY projects for kid engineers
Fawn Qiu - Technologist
Fawn Qiu is a multi-disciplinary technologist who introduces the creative side of engineering through playful projects. Full bio
and high school students,
that are pretty unexpected.
from problems in my daily life.
to go to a comic convention,
because my favorite mobile game,
or never play Flappy Bird again.
that made sense to me.
taken off the app store.
were also pretty addicted to the game,
just as infuriating as the original game.
of this project online,
in just a few days.
are people's comments.
wanted to make it their own,
that through a creative project,
in our classroom
in engineering and programming.
so they could finish the game as well.
engineering projects to teach students.
from a standard technology kit.
a lot of them seemed bored.
started taking pieces of paper
more interested in the project.
for more creative ways
available in school
that you can't customize.
they're all very expensive,
for most classroom budgets.
with those since we were kids,
anywhere around the house.
can create a light-up creature
each other in classrooms,
and discussing the project.
their own creativity into the project.
more engineering projects
these workshops outside of school
from very diverse backgrounds
and minorities than I expected,
at a traditional engineering workshop.
at a major technology company in 2016.
of the technology workforce.
make up only four percent.
a high school robotics club,
in the technology force.
through creative projects.
could solve everything,
wouldn't be interested in it
portrayed and taught in school.
the perception of technology?
that it's boring or unwelcoming,
following three principles.
is easy to get started.
we asked students to learn
take very long to learn,
that we're removing the financial barrier
from completing a project.
lightbulb and a battery,
for under a dollar.
is having a high ceiling.
a lot of room to grow,
constantly being challenged.
a light-up creature,
to interact with its environment.
this project relevant to anyone.
of using everyday materials;
using paper and fabric.
is about Justin Bieber,
from getting caught by the LAPD --
Yeah, but he's changing so --
About the speaker:Fawn Qiu - Technologist
Fawn Qiu is a multi-disciplinary technologist who introduces the creative side of engineering through playful projects.
Why you should listen
When Qiu managed product development in the technology industry, she noticed a significant lack of women and minorities in her company, so she began to experiment with introducing engineering to people in a more creative and accessible way. From costumes that blink to robots that move to a physical version of the popular app Flappy Bird, these projects engaged people from diverse backgrounds, especially women and minorities. As a result, she founded Make Anything, an organization that empowers people from all technological backgrounds through creative technology workshops.
Qiu was a former research assistant at the MIT Media Lab. She has also developed and launched several mobile applications at major technology companies. Her interactive art installations have been featured in festivals and galleries around the world. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s Degree from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
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