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Work in Progress: Code + Chords: Targeting Self-efficacy in Music Technology

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2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access

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Virtual On line

Publication Date

June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

Conference Session

Pre-college Engineering Education Division Technical Session 18

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Pre-College Engineering Education

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7

DOI

10.18260/1-2--35621

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Alyssa Marie Eggersgluss Playful Learning Lab

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Alyssa Eggersgluss is a K-12 Vocal Music Education Major from the University of St. Thomas. Passionate about interdisciplinary learning, she works as a part of Dr. AnnMarie Thomas' Playful Learning Lab to create learning opportunities for students. She is currently focused on exploring different ways to engage students with sound.

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AnnMarie Thomas University of St. Thomas

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AnnMarie Thomas is a professor in the School of Engineering and the Opus Colluege of Business 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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Rachel Farah University of St. Thomas

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I am a computer engineering student at the University of Saint Thomas and am a researcher at the Playful Learning Lab. I am passionate about educating and promoting self efficacy with the youth across all socioeconomic levels.

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Cullen Charles Kittams Playful Learning Lab

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Emma Michelle Monson University of St. Thomas

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Emma Monson is an undergraduate studying Elementary Education with a STEM co-major at the University of St. Thomas.

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Krista Schumacher University of St. Thomas

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Krista is an undergraduate Elementary Education and STEM Education major at the University of St. Thomas.

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Jeff Jalkio University of St. Thomas

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Jeff Jalkio is currently a physics professor at the University of St. Thomas. Jeff worked for thirteen years in industry in the fields of optical sensor design and process control. In 1984, he co-founded CyberOptics Corporation, where he led engineering efforts as Vice President of Research. In 1997 he returned to academia, joining the engineering faculty of the University of St. Thomas and has taught courses in electronics, digital system design, mathematics, physics, circuit theory, electromagnetics, statistical process control, computing, mechatronics, control theory, metrology and design.

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Abstract

Primary school students can benefit from feeling capable and confident that they could succeed in computer engineering. This study used music and creation-based learning in exploration of the computer program Code + Chords to help achieve that goal. Code + Chords is a customizable music visualization software that responds to the pitch and amplitude of a person’s voice, giving users the interdisciplinary experience of working with coding, music, and technology. This research project was based on the question, “To what extent may self-efficacy be increased in music technology using Code + Chords programming?” Primary school participants explored music, coding, and technology at three _____ Public Libraries. These two-hour-long workshops fostered learning through multiple hands-on activities and use of the program Processing to support engagement with the Code + Chords program. Pre- and post-workshop surveys were taken to analyze student’s experiences with the workshop as a whole. Survey results showed that the average participant’s self-efficacy minutely decreased. Written observations of positive student engagement with Code + Chords alongside survey results suggest that, with improvements, there is strong potential for increased self-efficacy in future iterations of this workshop.

Eggersgluss, A. M., & Thomas, A., & Besser, D., & Farah, R., & Kittams, C. C., & Monson, E. M., & Schumacher, K., & Jalkio, J. (2020, June), Work in Progress: Code + Chords: Targeting Self-efficacy in Music Technology Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--35621

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