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Light Pattern: Programming for Innovative Design

In the image above, LED lights illuminate a paper origami made by a computer science student in a Wearable Electronics workshop led by UMass Amherst computer scientist Rui Wang. In the workshop, Wang–an expert in computer graphics–taught students how to design and create animated light patterns using microcontroller programming. The resulting creations included accessories, decorations, and works of art. Wang and his colleagues are preparing the next generation of inventors through hands-on, creative activities. By learning some basic computing skills, students can move on to use more complicated programming to create innovative designs. Learn more.

Photo credit: Rui Wang