Workshop 6 - afternoon 1pm-4pm - this workshop is fully booked
Presenter: Mitch Resnick, MIT Media Lab, USA
Workshop: Crickets: Combining Art and Robotics to Spark Creative Thinking
Target Audience: Anyone interested in exploring new ways to spark creative thinking in their students
Use Crickets (from MIT Media Lab) to create musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, and other artistic inventions -- and learn important science/engineering ideas in the process.
Workshop participants will create projects with Crickets -- small programmable devices that can make things spin, light up, and play music. You can plug lights, motors, and sensors into a Cricket, then write computer programs to tell them how to react and behave. With Crickets, you can create musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, dancing creatures, and other artistic inventions – and learn important math, science, and engineering ideas in the process.
The initial Cricket technology was developed at the MIT Media Lab, through grants from the National Science Foundation. Crickets are now available as a commercial product from Playful Invention Company (www.picocricket.com).
This workshop will have three main parts:
* Introduction to Cricket technology -- and the educational ideas underlying the Cricket technology
* Participants work on hands-on projects using Crickets, sensors, motors, lights, sound boxes, displays, LEGO bricks, and craft materials.
* Discussion of how to introduce and support Cricket activities in classroom settings.