Stitching STEM Together
November 8 is National STEM Day and we wanted to share how important science, technology, engineering and math are for Classy Threads and how it’s connected to sewing.
Classy Threads Owner and Designer Karen uses STEM skills every day in her work. She uses math in many ways from accounting to measuring fabric to estimating stock requirements. When she designs a new project, she is applying skills related to engineering such as using spatial ability to create a 2-dimensional pattern for a 3-dimensional project and deciding what type of fabric has the stretch or strength required to build that project. Her artistic skills come out in the idea and creativity of the design and the colour choices for the finished project. Silk screening, creating spreadsheets for tracking inventory and processing orders all require that she understand and can use many types of technology. STEAM skills are an essential part of running Classy Threads!
Our digital marketing specialist, Shawn, took one sewing class back in junior high at Lorne Akins in St. Albert. Looking back he wishes he took more than one class as it would have helped him to have more structure for the creative and technical career he now works in. We asked Shawn to elaborate on this but he missed the deadline (kidding!).
Below are some great resources we hope you enjoy this National STEM Day.
Learn Math by Sewing
A math teacher shares the joys and struggles of using both the logical and creative sides of her brain when sewing.
“Do you use all of your abilities and talents when you sew? Even the ones that aren’t “sewing” related?”
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How to Win Girls’ Hearts with STEM Education
Sewing Uses Engineering and Math
“Engineering is in everything around us. We recognize engineering in bridges, buildings, and computers, but really, engineering is in so much more. Even our clothing!”
Read how sewing prepared Erin Winick to become a mechanical engineer and Scicomm specialist for the International Space Station! https://code.likeagirl.io/the-engineering-of-sewing-f29f0a65bf6a
“Creativity is the secret sauce to science, technology, engineering, and math”.