How much fun can a banana-piano be? Well if you are in the right place with the right people – it can be amazing.
The TFDL (Taylor Family Digital Library) on the campus of the University of Calgary hosted “Campus Collisions” as part of the 2017 edition of Beakerhead. It was suggested I join in the fun with a table in the front foyer of the main library. And join in the fun I did!
First, the banana piano with the help of the Makey-Makey kit, attracted many, many students who were, clearly, trying to get from one place to another through the foyer. The same as it is an attraction for K-12 students, the visual presentation of having a dozen bananas attached by alligator clips to a Makey-Makey in turn hooked up to a MacBook was irresistible for most passersby.
There were people waiting patiently for their chance to play the banana piano. It was wonderful to see the reaction of students of all ages. Many had me SnapChat a video for them to send to friends. “Look what I did at university today!”
I also introduced many students to the blue-tooth enabled robot, Sphero 2.0 that rolled on the floor, controlled by various people using my ipad.
Just goes to show, science can be fun and interactive. One student went away and came back later to tell me that he had figured out that the bananas were not really the most important part of the banana-piano.
Pull out some fun makerspace activities and have students experience and talk about the magic. Look for great Beakerhead events around Calgary.