Chibitronics is an evolution of Jie Qi’s passion for technology and art. As a child, Jie loved arts and crafts. At Columbia University, she studied mechanical engineering, and wanted to combine her love of technology with her love of art and design.
Jie pursued this interest with research and design experience at Columbia, littleBits and High-Low Tech at MIT Media Lab. Jie was an artist-in-residence at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and lectured at Parsons The New School of Design, The Rhode Island School of Design, and the World Maker-Faire. She also received the prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship.
Jie is currently pursuing her graduate studies in High-Low Tech and Responsive Environments Group at the MIT Media Lab. Her research investigates materials and techniques for blending electronics with traditional arts and crafts media to create personally meaningful technology and new media for self-expression.
Circuit Stickers would not be in existence, without the early support of many talented educators and academic institutions. These include NEXMAP, CV2, National Writing Project, and Exploratorium Tinkering Studio, who helped share this work and created additional resources for the classroom and museum floor. A huge thank-you to Leah Buechley and the High-Low Tech Group for guiding this work from the beginning. Our work was made possible by funding and support from the National Science Foundation, MIT, and the MIT Media Lab.
Finally, a big thank you to workshop participants and our CrowdSupply backers! We hope our stickers continue to illuminate your thinking!