blink blink Creative Circuit Kits
blink blink is a circuit kit-based social venture I cofounded while earning my MFA in Design and Technology at Parsons The New School for Design. We co-designed the educational circuit toolkits - featuring LEDs, batteries, sewable electronics - with hundreds of girls (ages 12-16) to break through the barriers to science, technology, art, and engineering (STEM).
Motivation: Only 24 percent of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is comprised of women. There are many barriers to these fields, among them are access to materials, experience with electronics, positive reinforcement, welcoming spaces to explore electronics, and a lack of role models. blink blink was designed to address each of those barriers.
Design Research: We engaged in a two-year co-design process with teen girls from across the United States to build a product that met their needs. We regularly hosted workshops to observe engagement with the blink blink kits and conducted interviews and surveys to refine the product and better serve student needs.
Outcome: After two years of designing and refining blink blink's offerings, we developed a successful educational toolkit and curriculum that many girls were excited to engage with. Our kits provide young women with the opportunity to explore, create, and play with STEM concepts via soft circuit projects that result in creating items that are wearable and interactive (i.e., light-up, make sound). blink blink supports girls in overcoming some of the barriers to STEM studies and careers.
blink blink is now a startup based in NYC. The project has been featured widely in the media including Time Magazine and has won a variety of awards. Please visit www.blinkblink.cc for more information.
Winner of the New Challenge Grant
Winner of Maker Faire Editor's Choice and Best in Class Award
Winner 4.0 Launch Educator Startup Incubator