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Project Daffodil: Teaching Electronics

By Danielle Roof

Project Daffodil

A Pop-up Adventure with Dragons, Princesses... and Circuits

The proportion of women working in computing fields is lower today than it was 20 years ago. Down from 35% in 1990 to 26% in 2013. Sian Geraghty, Robert Foster, and Christine Ho were shocked to learn this, and as a team they set out to disrupt this stereotype with their Masters in Multimedia thesis project at Cal State University.

The result, deemed Project Daffodil, is a pop-up book about a princess named Cassie who must go on a journey to fix the lights in her castle. Sian explained that the idea of a pop-up book came from a desire to create a tactile, interactive product that incorporated circuitry. The book embeds circuits on each page, with the story incorporating different electrical problems that Princess Cassie and her dragon Sparkie must solve throughout their journey. The team hopes that their work will make electronics a more appealing and accessible field for young girls.

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