There is a growing global movement within education to incorporate the Arts into the STE(A)M curriculum. Teachers are looking for new ways to help develop creative thinking and collaborative practices while giving their student technical skills in computing.
In this project, we invite kids to explore coding, engineering and choreography, along with the many elements of music making, from rhythm, melody, timbre and effects, through the use of our custom software which interfaces with different gestural controllers. Kids can engage in the software through different popular coding languages, from blockly to python, while still being physically and actively involved.
The project is a collaboration with researchers from University of Technology and is currently running early development and trials of the software as a mobile phone app.
This is an ongoing project that overlaps with the development of a gestural instrument, the AirSticks, for use by professional artists.