Technology is important for innovative design, including fashion, thus wearable tech could attract girls to STEM careers.
Melissa Saelzer has begin to work on a line of clothing embedded with sensors, lights, and components that could possibly stimulate curiosity among girls about how they work. The 32 year old Oviedo resident expects that her efforts will be a recruiting tool as well as a fashion statement.
“I’m doing this because it will help girls build confidence so when they want to go into the industry, they already have experience and know how to approach things like programming,” Saelzer said. “This will bring more girls into tech. I want to build a team out with girls who can get excited about doing this.”
Saelzer is a systems engineer at Lockheed Martin. Among the clothing she has designed, the wearable technology items include a dress lined with flashing lights timed to music and a lace nightgown embedded with lights allowing the wearer to set color and brightness.