Craft Tech Lab

We’ve Moved!

Craft Tech now lives at the Idea Forge, a lively, cross-disciplinary design/making/building space in the newly-renovated Fleming Building.

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Craft technology is our term for the interweaving of computation with craft materials. This blending can take many forms, including the application of specialized software to aid in the design and construction of crafts (such as mechanical toys and paper sculpture) and in the creation of craft objects with embedded intelligence. Our particular interests lie in the educational realm - that is, we are especially interested in extending the landscape of children's craft activities.


ACTIVE Projects


Paper Mechatronics, in collaboration with Lawrence Hall of Science

Math on a Sphere, in collaboration with NOAA and the Lawrence Hall of Science.

Pervasive Computing in Health Informatics, in collaboration with Katie Siek, Indiana U.

Previous Projects:




LilyPad Arduino


The Code Road

3D Zoetrope



PopUp Workshop

Sewing Circuits

Smart Tiles



Mike Eisenberg

Ann Eisenberg


Antranig Basman

Leah Buechley

Mark Gross, Director, CU Boulder ATLAS Institute

Sherry Hsi, Research Director, Lawrence Hall of Science

Hilary Peddicord, NOAA

Katie Siek, Indiana U.

Tom Yeh , CU Boulder Sikuli Lab

Doctoral Students:

Swamy Ananthanarayan

HyunJoo Oh

Jeeeun Kim



Ben Leduc-Mills, SparkFun

Yingdan Huang, GroupOn

Nwanua Elumeze, Aniomagic

Leah Buechley, Creator of the LilyPad Arduino

Sue Hendrix

Glenn Blauvelt

Tom Wrensch, Red Dog Networks

Chris DiGiano, Google

Jules DiBiase, SU2C


Ted Chen, Google

Michelle Redick, LASP

Mike MacFerrin

NSF EAGER Grant:  Paper Mechatronics:  Creating High-Low Tech Design Kits to Promote Engineering Education. PI:  Sherry Hsi.  Co-PIs:  Mike Eisenberg, Nikolaus Correll.  NSF Award 1451463.  Oct. 1, 2014-Sept. 30, 2015.  $233K.

NSF Grant in Smart Health and Wellbeing Program:  Health Sense: Motivating Health Awareness in Children through Wearable Computing. (PI: Prof. K. Siek.) $613,715.00/3 years, 9/1/2012-8/31/2015.

"Math on a Sphere: an Interactive Exploration of 3D Surfaces for Public Audiences". National Science Foundation (Informal Science Education [ISE]), NSF Award DRL1114388. Nov. 2011-October 2013. Amount: $243,981/2 years

PILOT:  Construction made Simple(r):  Interfaces, Devices, and Infrastructure for Beginning Fabrication.  National Science Foundation.  Sept. 2009-August 2013.  [$368K/3 years]