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E-Textile Playground

Learning paths

Path Target Duration Skills
PathX 18-25 2days Electronics, soldering, sewing

Introduction and context

In a two-day workshop, textile students have the opportunity to get acquainted with the field of e-textiles and use the TPL prototyping toolkit to create their own e-textiles. As the time is not long enough to realize functional systems, additional coaching sessions throughout the semester take place.

Preparation and materials

TEAM ROLES - 3 TPL staff as organizers and workshop lead - Shemakes ambassador as co-organizer and co-lead - Professor (coordination with university)

PREPs - Clarify with professors to make workshop part of regular textile curriculums - Coordinate with ambassador - Assemble prototyping modules - Ask students to prepare info slide on themselves and their e-textile experience

Preparation and materials

Equipment, Tools and Materials

  • Soldering station
  • TPL proptyping toolkit
  • Cables
  • Textiles
  • Hotplate to melt adhesives and for soldering
  • 3D printer and filament for housing
  • Conductive yarns and textiles
  • Other textile and electronic equipment

AGENDA time of activity

Equipment, Tools and Materials

  • Introduction into e-textiles, application scenarios and specific requirements.
  • Introduction into circuits and electricity, and into the toolkit modules and their funtionalities.
  • Ideation round to let the students come up with ideas they want to realize.
  • Group students into small teams of 2-3 people according to ideas. Make first mock-ups of parts of the systems they want to create to let them get a feel for the modules and what you can do with them.
  • Each group gives a short presentation about their idea and where they are after one day of workshopping.
  • Feedback is given by the workshop leaders and the other teams. The ideas are revised and afterwards, the prototyping continues.
  • At the end of the second day, all teams give another short presentation of their project and progress.

Tips to facilitate the activity in context (to-do / not do)

  • Group students together according to interests (without experience it is difficult to work alone)
  • Don’t be discouraged if not everything works on the first try.
  • Don’t have to many persons in one workshop
  • We spent more time on the initial introduction into e-textiles than we planned, but it was very good for the students.
  • So don’t be stressed if plans shift or change during the event.
  • Do let the students try around with different functionalities and don’t do everything yourself.


  • Have working samples ready to show the students what the technology can do.
  • Give the students time to get used to the new technology and try to explain things as easy as possible (“tell it so that a toddler could understand it”)



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Licence and credits

Attribution — ShareAlike CC BY-SA This activity has been designed by Sigrid Rotzler and Kamil Garbacz with the help of their ambassador: Tasneem Hussain for It is based on TPL's prototyping toolkit

Related and supporting activities/modules
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Last update: December 23, 2022