Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/32209
Title: Designing i*CATch : a multipurpose, education-friendly construction kit for physical and wearable computing
Authors: Ngai, G 
Chan, SCF 
Leong, HV 
Ng, VTY 
Keywords: Construction toolkits
Creativity
Education
Educational technology
Engineering outreach
Physical computing
Wearable computing
Issue Date: 2013
Source: ACM transactions on computing education, 2013, v. 13, no. 2, 7 How to cite?
Journal: ACM Transactions on Computing Education 
Abstract: This article presents the design and development of i*CATch, a construction kit for physical and wearable computing that was designed to be scalable, plug-and-play, and to provide support for iterative and exploratory learning. It consists of a standardized construction interface that can be adapted for a wide range of soft textiles or electronic boards, a set of functional components, and an easy-to-use hybrid text-graphical integrated development environment. The objective was to design an easily usable, manufacturable and extensible construction kit that can be used in a wide range of teaching tasks for a wide variety of student demographic profiles.We present detailed specifications of our construction kit and explain some of the major design decisions. Experiences in using the kit in multiple teaching environments, ranging from elementary school to postgraduate, demonstrate that the design objectives have been achieved.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/32209
ISSN: 1946-6226
DOI: 10.1145/2483710.2483712
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