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Transitional design project ends year on a musical note
Posted 06/17/2015 11:54AM

In the Spring Semester of 2015, 5th- and 6th-grade students collaborated in a cross-disciplinary project involving Design, Music, Technology, and Science. Together, the students created a digital music instrument known as a monome using MaKey MaKey, a technology kit for turning everyday objects into touchpads.  

Organized into three phases, the first step of the project involved product design. In their Art & Design class, 6th graders used the laser cutter and 3D modeling software to create a prototype of their digital instruments. The second phase involved Computer Science and Electronics. Both 5th- and 6th graders learned about the different electronic components found in a monome, such as NeoPixels, LED lights, conductive materials, jumpers, cables, wires, and resistors. They also used the soldering iron to build an electrical circuit and SCRATCH, a multimedia authoring tool, to program their sounds. Their work culminated in Phase 3 as the sounds of their digital instrument debuted in an audiovisual performance that closed out the school year.


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