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Training Course: Electronic textiles in youth work

Dates: 24 February – 2 March 2019

Venue: Avignon, France

Eligible are 18 participants coming from: France, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Romania, United Kingdom

Application deadline: 7th December 2018

Electronic textiles in youth work is a training course for youth practitioners interested in maker education. Participants will exchange best practices and experiment hands-on workshops on maker education, notably on electronics, coding, and e-textiles.

General Description

Through this project we want to initiate youth practitioners to maker education, in particular to educational practices involving electronic textiles.

The rationale behind this training course is to introduce youth practitioners to techniques and methods revolving around technology, arts and crafts, to combine the pedagogical benefits of these approaches to non formal education. In the long run, we expect to contribute to boosting young people’s digital literacy as well as other 21st century competencies.


– Exchange on tinkering as an emerging pedagogical approach, especially the methodology mixing arts, crafts and technology

– Sensitize youth workers to initiatives around electronic DIY and digital culture, as well as initiatives that can encourage youth to engage with local maker communities (ex. makerfest, maker faires, etc.)

– Share competencies, anecdotes, and experiences between the participating parties on the topic of digitally-enabled non formal education/youth work


The training course will focus heavily on practical hands-on activities. Some of these will involve use of computer numeric controlled machines such as 3D printers and laser cutter. Examples of practical workshops which will be held on the occasion of the training course are:

– Introduction to electronics and coding (building simple electronic devices using sensors and actuators)

– Introduction to visual/block coding softwares (ex. mBlock, Scratch for Arduino)

– Introduction to electronic textiles

– Creating e-textile devices such as augmented tote bags, interactive pluches, plush video-game controllers

– Experimentation of modern educational tools on electronics and computing (ex. programmable toys)

– Introduction to digital fabrication (laser cutting, 3D printing, etc.)

Learning Outcomes

Participants will learn how to:

– Initiate and supervise activities targeting youth on the topics digital diy, electronic textiles, making

– Identify and seize opportunities to constantly innovate youth workers’ professional practices

– Combine arts, crafts and technology in educational contexts

– Boost female youth participation in educational workshops on digital science

Target Public

– Anyone with a passion for/interest in digital technologies, and interested in youth work

– Individuals active in the promotion of DIY and/or digital culture interested in running educational activities targeting young people

– Youth practitioners with an experience in maker education, or simply willing to launch educational workshops on this topic

Important Note

This training is part of a 2-phase programme. The second stage will take place in Bucharest, Romania, from April 22nd to April 28th 2019.

There will be a separate call for participants for that activity. Nonetheless, you will be able to re-apply for the second stage of Electronic textiles in youth work.



This project is financed by the Erasmus+ Youth Programme.

Accommodation and food are covered 100% and all costs relevant to participation in the course will be covered by the project coordinator

Travel reimbursement

Travel costs are covered 100% up to the maximum reimbursement

  • 275 Eur for participants coming from UK, Latvia, Italy, Greece, Romania
  • 180 Eur for participants coming from France

Participation fee

There is no participation fee.




Digijeunes – Youth NGO

Phone: +33626699321

For additional information please: Download the Application form

Available downloads: Infopack Sewing a Network.pdf

Contact for questions:

Simone Ferrecchia

E-Mail: info@digijeunes.com