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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Math Handbags

This is only slightly off-topic, but it's great, so continue... Leah Buechley, who might best be described simply as an innovator, has made some Math Handbags, which are cool, but which also get at the important intersection of gender and education, and particularly science and math eductation. She wrote:

I made the first bags in the spring of 2004. In the summer of 2006, as part of a Science Discovery workshop that Nwanua Elumeze and I taught, a group of 11-14 year old students used my graphing program and the laser cutter to create their own math handbags, bookbags and caps.

I am interested in integrating "feminine" activities like sewing with computer science, mathematics and technology. I think that social issues more often than lack of talent discourage women from entering math, technology and science related fields, and I hope to help create environments where women's interests are explored and represented.

Click here for more information about the math handbags workshop.

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