Enhancing with EL Wire

STEMies girls this term have been enjoying the opportunity of learning about EL (Electroluminescent) wire and using it to enhance something they owned. EL wire is a thin copper wire coated in a phosphor which glows when an alternating current is applied to it, it produces a 360 degree unbroken line of visible light. Its thin diameter makes it flexible and ideal for use in a variety of applications such as clothing or costumes. It comes in many colours with connections to a battery pack with inverter, it produces a cool light without heat and can be glued or sewn.

We first had a little lesson on sewing….a skill quite a few girls had never tried! After practising with string and a scrap of material the girls were ready to decorate something of their own.

There were cushions, pencil cases, tee-shirts, soft toys, caps and other items of clothing….plenty to enjoy.


Squeals of delight when they were finally turned on!


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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!