Electives


Instrument/Soundboard Making Activity

  • Create an instrument or soundboard for MaKey MaKey. Be creative. You will need conductive material to attach alligator clips to your creation. You can play up to 11 different sounds.
  • Use soundplant to program the sounds:
    • Click on the key you want to program (arrow keys, space, w, a, s, d, f, g are used by MaKey MaKey)
    • Click on open sound icon (under ctrl key)
    • Select your sound (.wav or .mp3 format)
  • For a challenge, you can remap the keys the MaKey MaKey accepts by hacking the code with Arduino.

Music Mashup Activity

  • Find a melody in freesound & download (see download directions below)
  • Create a percussion track with drummachine (export pattern as wav)
  • Drop the two sounds into Audacity & beat match the sounds (hint: use Tempo Change Effect)
  • Export your creation from Audacity as a WAV
  • Upload file into Computers & Music Electives folder

Freesound download instructions:

Finished early?

Code a Song Activity

Using EarSketch, you'll learn a little Python programming while you code a song.

samplemusic.txt
samplemusic.txt
samplemusic.txt


Combine Sounds Activity

Take the 2 sounds you recorded plus a Launchpad sound you create and combine into Audacity.

Collect Sounds

Listen to sounds closely. Collect a sounds from the environment & an existing sound.

Coding Club for 5th thru 8th - meets Wednesday mornings @ 7:30

We will be gearing up for the National STEM Video Game Challenge. Games have been an integral part of human culture throughout history. They not only entertain, but also inform and change us. Today video games designers bring together art & code to immerse their players in a story. Come join us & create your own game for change!

Wearable Tech Club for 5th thru 8th grade - Planning Thursday @ lunch

Wearable technology is getting a lot of buzz these days from the futuristic Google Glass to DIY crafters lighting up their creations. Are you interested in exploring circuits, lights & sewing?

Imitation Game - this weekend!

Join us to watch the Imitation Game - the story of Alan Turing, known as the father of computer science. This is the fascinating story of him and his team breaking what was thought to be the unbreakable Enigma code the Germans used during World War II. It also highlights the work of Joan Clarke, a female code breaker.

ProjectCSGirls - January elective

Become a tech entrepreneur while you develop a mobile app! ProjectCSGirls is a challenge for middle school girls. Build something using computer science and technology that can help solve an imminent social problem under one of three themes - global health, a safer world, and intelligent technology. Both individuals and teams of up to 3 members can participate.

Student Technology Conference - January 31

A student-directed global conversation about technology in education. This free, online event will be held on Saturday January 31st, 2015, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by students in grades 6-12. Presentation proposal deadline is January 17. CS Lab will be open on January 31 for participants.

Computers & Music - Spring elective

Explore the evolving impact of technology on music production in all genres, spanning from early jazz and blues to modern electronic music during this elective. Using a combination of contemporary digital audio workshop (DAW) software and EarSketch (a Python music production library), students will produce multidisciplinary works of art and witness firsthand how evolution in computing technology has changed the face of the music industry.

No prior coding experience is necessary for any of these activities. Please drop by the CS Lab or contact Ms. Wilkens (kwilkens@stab.org) or Mr. Minster (zminster@stab.org) if you are interested in participating.