About WICS

The new platform that women can interpreted a technology such as physical computing and coding into their daily life as they would do DIY at home.


This project will create a platform catered to women and girls to be able to do DIY projects, thus, these smart home components will be helpful for them in their daily life all the while  increasing their interest towards computer science. This platform offers downloadable code files from github (with description of each line), how to connect hardwares in video format and diagram (color code, non soldering), link to where to get the materials for each level of the project as well as a overall how to video that takes all the way through the project.


I am dedicating this project to Ann Pollina, one of the most wonderful women I ever met in my life and created a program that shape me who I am.

Ann Pollina was a successful professional woman. In addition to serving as Westover’s Math Department Chair, Director of Studies, Dean of Faculty and Head of School, Ann served on the boards of more than 25 local, statewide and national organizations. She held significant offices in a number of these organizations, including president of the Headmistresses Association of the East, president of the Connecticut Association of Independent Schools, and president of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools. Her publications list is pages long, as is her CV of speeches, presentations, and organizing conferences and symposia. She has been honored by more organizations than I have time to mention, and her work on women in science and engineering and gender equity in education is, among people in the know, legendary. One of her greatest legacies at Westover, Women in Science and Engineering, known by the acronym WISE, is a truly singular program. We have found that though many schools tout STEM and STEAM programs, ours has a curricular reach that is unmatched. Ann began this program in 1991, long before most schools even began to speak about women in these fields. (From her memorial speech done by her husband)

Issues I found and want to address

Gender equality in technology and software development industry

  • In 2015, women held 57% of all professional occupations, yet they held only 25% of all computing occupations. And the numbers are even lower when considering women of color; for example, Latinas and Black women hold only 1% and 3% of these jobs, respectively. Furthermore, even fewer women are found in software development, technology leadership, or the other kinds of key roles that have a significant influence on future innovation. Consider that 88% of all information technology patents (from 1980–2010) are invented by male-only invention teams while only 2% are invented by female-only invention teams. These and other statistics imply that the technology the world uses today is being created by a relatively homogeneous group of people.  (WOMEN IN TECH: THE FACTS 2016 UPDATE // See what’s changed and what hasn’t. By Catherine Ashcraft, Brad McLain, and Elizabeth Eger)

  • Despite its critical and growing importance, computer science is taught in only a small minority of U.S. schools. There currently are just over 42,000 high schools in the United States. But only 2,100 of them were certified to teach the AP computer science course in 2011, and in fact only 21,139 students took the AP exam. (Computer Science in US Secondary School by ECS)

Photo by Chesky_W/iStock / Getty Images
Photo by Chesky_W/iStock / Getty Images

Why I consider this project to be meaningful exploration.

  • As a female creative programmer, the statistic on gender equality in the computer science industry make me sad. Fortunately I went to all girls school that believed in women in science and engineering and without feeling uncomfortable, just took WISE program that was offered for the credit. But the interest toward computer science unfortunately did not came out from WISE classes, it came from theater design things I was doing, I knew knowing how to code or do physical computing could do more effect in the theater. I mean yes, making LED blink with only few wire and alphabets was revolutionary, but it doesn't change my life or affect it at all. I think what is making all the girls away from the computer science is that lack of connection to their daily life. And that connection to their daily life might help making more girls be interested in computer science.
  • As a start of this project, I thought I need something like Arduino Project Hub more dedicated to daily life things that girls would get attracted. For this to start I decided to DIY something I use everyday, I wake up one morning show myself in the mirror. I felt like many of the girls uses mirror everyday. So I decided to go for DIY smart mirror that takes parts, has levels of difficulty. This way I hope for girls to be able to connect their life to component of the computer science.

Smart Mirror Project

This project will recreate smart mirror with specific weather informations that user choice to the show to them. This is a mirror that will help the owner to get ready in the morning by telling weather you normally check on TV or on phone. It will display information from the internet using API.




  1. Create a folder on your desktop, name it "smart mirror"

  2. Go to OpenWeatherMap website and subscribe to the Current weather data (it is free) (not included in video for security reason)

  3. Make a note of API key you get by subscribing to the OpenWeatherMap (not included in video for security reason)

  4. Open terminal type "cd" than drag "smart mirror" folder, hit enter.

  5. Type "git init" than hit enter. Next, click the "download code" below this section, access github, click "clone or download" than copy the link that appears.

  6. Type "git clone" than paste the link you just copied.

  7. go in to your folder than click on the file called "showing temp.io" it will ask to create a folder, click yes.

  8. from "tool", make sure that you are connected to "Arduino Uno" and also check while port you are using (in my case /dev/tty.usbmodem1421 ) then click arrow button to upload the file to the Arduino device

  9. Next, open "server.js" file in sublime text, go to line 15 change the /dev/tty.usbmodem1421 part to your port you checked in step 8.

  10. Open terminal type "cd" than drag "SmartMirror1" folder, hit enter.

  11. type "npm install" (ignore any warning)

  12. type "nam install socket.io" (ignore any warning)

  13. Try running the code by typing "node server.js" and use "nam install'____'" and put any thing shows up in the "___' (like express, require)

  14. When file successfully runs, go to your chrome "type


  • VSS -> +

  • VDD -> -

  • VO -> potentiometer middle pin

  • RS -> digital pin 13

  • RW -> -

  • D4 -> digital pin 5

  • D5 -> digital pin 4

  • D6 -> digital pin 3

  • D7 -> digital pin 2

  • A -> resister -> +

  • K -> -

  • potentiometer side pins -> one to + and other to -

  • - -> GRD

  • + -> 5V

Physical Object 

I am not the best at putting film, definitly spray the plastic with water before putting the film.

I am not the best at putting film, definitly spray the plastic with water before putting the film.

You will need : 

Steps : 

  1. Take out the backing from the canvas frame

  2. Decided where you like to put your hardware and mark where LCD goes.

  3. Using exacter knife, cut out the backing.

  4. Put the LCD in (be careful to not mess up the wires) to see if it fits.

  5. Take the film out than pell the protected film for about the size of the glass or plastic that come with the canvas frame

  6. Put the sprayed (with water) glass or plastic on the film than cut the extra film.

  7. Using the kit that comes with the film, squeeze out the air bubble

  8. Tape the small bread board and Aruduino on the back.

  9. put everything in the flame in order.


Mirror cube (this is what I got inspiration on other prototype I was creating for the 9X9 prototype, from this project, I got idea with working with mirror.)

    Digital Information Wall (I have always had interested to use the deep space like wall, to make more use in the daily life and from here I got inspiration on displaying information and also connecting to device to show product that helps you  in your life)

    Messaging App Sweeping Asia Could Blunt Snapchat’s Global Ambitions (From here I got inspiration to work with the idea of “beauty”. Reading about this article, it remind me of other article by Alice Ming Wai Jim called “Love the Future” which argues that cute culture from the Asia is against the idea of feminism because how they portlet all girls been cute but it could also can be a statement as a feminist to use cute product. However, questions like What is the quality to be feminist? Is Asian cute culture actually harming feminism? is not answered in the article quality but as a woman who grew up in the Asian culture, I think Asian cute culture is developing to be a statement from the feminist designers. And this article reminded me how people’s individual purchase can be a statement as who they represent as and all women in the world have a rights to represent them self as a women wearing or using any type of product, but also that preference over app snow over snapchat  shows that people has different preference to represent them self as way they want to but choose the platform that fits there preference.


Other products / art that do similar things

JUNO – Smart Makeup Mirror

This is a mirror that you can change the color of lights depends on occasion (inside, sunny, cloudy). My mirror will do weather part automatically.

Mango Mirror Smart Mirror

This is a mirror platform that “Offer[s] health-related data like your steps, sleep, weight, exercise, calories and hydration, Mango Mirror makes it easier to make healthy decisions. Simply track your data using Apple Health or FitBit to display your data on the mirror. Additionally, you can customize Mango Mirror to show any info you want to see.” I want to take that customizability and that idea of offering healthier life. Mine will be different in the way that will have sensors that offers air quality and helping you get up in the morning.

Interactive “Magic Mirrors” Are Changing How We See Ourselves

““Mirror mirror on the wall, who has the darkest under-eye circles of them all?” When the Evil Queen summoned the magic mirror, the face staring back at her told her what she wanted to hear: She was the fairest of them all. Not a puffy peeper in sight.” this part of the article summarize what I want to do in the project. Ideally mine is different in the way that will help your day not just in the surface beauty.