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Debunking the Myths of Code: Textiles

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Do you knit, crochet, embroider, sew? Have you ever followed a pattern, or better yet, made a pattern yourself? If so, you have the foundational skills needed for coding! Join Ursula Wolz for part II of out series, "Debunking the Myths of Coding" as we dive into textiles, and how they can help you become a better developer!

You asked, she's answering:

  • How do textiles relate to coding?
  • I make knitting patterns... how can I start coding?
  • Where should a 'maker' start in this process?
  • & more!


Ursula Wolz is computer scientist with both academic and entrepreneurial experience in developing computer-based learning environments, including artificially intelligent tutoring systems, and games for modern language learning and data science. She is a recognized leader in computer science curriculum development with an emphasis on broadening participation in computing. Her most recent focus is on algorithm accountability and fostering interdisciplinary computing for social justice. Wolz has taught at the undergraduate level for over 30 years.


  • no questions, just absorbing

    Question by Monica on 2019-06-11
  • With the ever changing technology, every new skill learnt today feels obsolete tomorrow and with a career break , the feeling is that of a dinosaur trying to fit in. How to stay updated and not feel left out?

    Question by Sowmya on 2019-06-11
  • I love this topic, as I was a textile design major and was curious how you made the transition?

    Question by Teresa on 2019-06-11
  • No question at this time.

    Question by Laurie on 2019-06-10
  • Do I need certification?

    Question by Linley on 2019-06-10
  • What is a good entry level coding position without the educational background?

    Question by Ginger on 2019-06-10
  • Trying to read Japanese crochet instructional diagrams is definitely like code!

    Question by Liz on 2019-06-08
  • Recently, I graduated with my MSDA from the UMUC. I have both a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Data Developer, but I have not used those skills for sometime. I hold a position in research and data analysis. Although I have coding background and know a few languages (SQL, Python and R), I have not built any applications for several years. My muse is data. Since I am rusty as a data developer, how can I get back on track with that to marry the two skills sets for growth in data analytics? I enjoy the driving force of data to make informed decisions in public and private industries.

    Question by Maria on 2019-06-07
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    Question by Anam on 2019-06-07
  • Where should a 'maker' start in this process?

    Question by Vaida on 2019-06-07
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    Question by Marie on 2019-06-07
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    Question by Kaye on 2019-06-06
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    Question by Cinthia on 2019-06-06
  • What are the best coding languages to learn? Whats in demand?

    Question by Amanda on 2019-06-06
  • Is there more reading available on this perspective of crafting intersecting with coding? Would like to read more.

    Question by REMOTE_JOB_FN on 2019-06-06
  • Thank you for speaking on this topic! Crochet has informed a lot of my coding. It's a lot less painful to delete code than it is to unravel hours of work on a project! (Not to mention easier to undo!) I find code has a rhythm to it the way music does or crochet can. Eventually, you look at your work and can just see when something is off. I have found that to be true with code as well, especially when written cleanly. Crochet is Music is Math is Code. It's all the same, all creation, just in different media. I find it a real shame that I haven't been able to get that across to people in the tech world, especially since I am self-taught in crochet and pursued it with the passion people are looking for in web developers. Getting that equivalency across would probably help broaden participation in the industry from both sides. Now, for my question: I learned basic crochet stitches by using a single stitch to make a dishcloth. One thing that frustrates me with coding is that I cannot practice a single skill several times without making several different apps. It's as if I have to make an entire sweater to practice one small decrease. What are some ways I can practice one small coding skill (say, calling information from different APIs) without having to make a new app each time? I have to work during the actual webinar but am registering because of my interest in the topic and hope that it will be recorded and made available to people who registered. Thanks!

    Question by Carmel on 2019-06-06
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    Question by Karla on 2019-06-06
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    Question by Hiral on 2019-06-06
  • How does one overcome too many resources creating "just sit down and do it" inertia?

    Question by Jean on 2019-06-06
  • Are there any free or affordable programs you would recommend for a beginner?

    Question by Adrian on 2019-06-06
  • Career pivots from the apparel field! Would love to understand this relationship of textiles and codes.

    Question by sara on 2019-06-06
  • Thank you...I have no questions.

    Question by Melanie on 2019-06-06
  • Nothing at this time

    Question by Maya on 2019-06-06
  • Eager to hear more about this topic and the answers to the questions already asked.

    Question by Margareth on 2019-06-06
  • i don't have a specific question, but am eager to hear how my artistic skills can apply to coding.

    Question by kat on 2019-06-06
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    Question by Serah on 2019-06-06
  • How can I market my skills as a seamstress, fiber artist, and small business owner as a garment manufacturer into tangible, employable skills on a job resume for software engineering roles?

    Question by Marni on 2019-06-06
  • How do knitting apply to coding? How best can the 0 and 1 binary digits be explained in basic coding?

    Question by Chidinma on 2019-06-06
  • How does sewing relate to coding?

    Question by Catherine on 2019-06-06
  • Hi there. I'm wondering if I"m gonna have a problem as an older woman breaking into IT. I'm over 50, but I get away for younger, which is good in a really agist world. Any thought on which industries might be more open to someone over 25 working in thier ranks? ( I already know that local, county and state governments might be more amenable than some private industry employers. I'm consulting in state government at the moment. Thanks for your thoughts.

    Question by Kimberly on 2019-06-06
  • What is the best way to get guided practice coding?

    Question by Windy on 2019-06-06
  • What opportunities are present for entry level coding without the educational background

    Question by Ashley on 2019-06-06
  • What is the best way to learn data science?

    Question by Naz on 2019-06-06
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    Question by Lucretia on 2019-06-05

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