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Creating Instruments from Found Objects and Sensors (Resource Exchange)

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

PCEE Resource Exchange

Tagged Division

Pre-College Engineering Education

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4

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https://peer.asee.org/32561

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4

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AnnMarie Thomas University of St. Thomas

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AnnMarie Thomas is a professor in the School of Engineering at the University of St. Thomas where she is the director of the UST Center for Engineering Education. Her research group, the Playful Learning Lab, focuses on engineering and design education for learners of all ages.

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Deborah Besser P.E. University of St. Thomas

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Dr. Besser, PE, ENV SP, holds a PhD in education and MS and BS in civil engineering. Currently, she is civil engineering chair and Center for Engineering Education director. Previous experience includes faculty positions in diverse universities where she has taught a variety of coursework including steel, timber, concrete and masonry design, construction, engineering economy, engineering graphics and engineering education. Prior to teaching, Dr. Besser, a licensed engineer, was a design engineer with HNTB-CA, where she worked on seismic retrofits and new design of high profile transportation structures.

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Paige Huschka Playful Learning Lab

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Hannah French

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MiKyla Jean Harjamaki Playful Learning Lab

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I am an undergraduate student studying mechanical engineering and math and the University of St. Thomas. I am the lab operations manager at the Playful Learning Lab

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Maria Baklund University of St. Thomas

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Undergraduate Research Assistant for the Playful Learning Lab at St. Thomas under the direction of Dr. Annmarie Thomas. Second-year Mechanical Engineering major with a Peace Engineering minor. Has led many STEM activities and is interested in using engineering to encourage peoples' interests and collaborate with developing countries.

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Esmée Verschoor Playful Learning Lab

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Esmée Verschoor is a Communications and Journalism major at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. She is passionate about graphic design, visual communication and cultural studies. Currently, Esmée is the Visual Manager at the Playful Learning Lab, led by Dr. AnnMarie Thomas, where she creates, designs and implements educational materials focused on incorporating joy, whimsy and play into education.

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Abstract

This middle school curriculum looks at how sound and pitches work, by inviting students to explore the sounds around them. Through a Next Generation Science Standards based curriculum students use Google's Science Journal app to explore the pitches and tones that can be created using common objects. They are then introduced to four sensors (also using Google Science Journal): a light sensor, a motion sensor, a barometer, and a compass. These sensors are then used to create sound by mapping sensor readings to pitches. Students can then use this mapping to play recognizable songs.

Thomas, A., & Besser, D., & Huschka, P., & French, H., & Harjamaki, M. J., & Baklund, M., & Verschoor, E. (2019, June), Creating Instruments from Found Objects and Sensors (Resource Exchange) Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. https://peer.asee.org/32561

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