In the final week of November, I have 2 more exciting adventures before closing out and looking forward to December. McDonald's has a "Make Activities Count" grant that funds teachers who are trying to give unique and creative experiences in the classroom, encouraging them to use the funding to go beyond what is expected.
My proposal in September was to purchase a midi drum interface and all of the supplies it takes to create 10 midi triggers that have very long cables in order to reach every corner of the room.
The USB port allows me to map any appropriate sounds on my laptop, so that students can go from playing a cardboard box drum set to a xylophone that takes up the whole room. Whether we use our hands or rhythm sticks, the students would be able to trigger electronic sounds by striking whatever object the piezo sensor is attached to.
The paper thin sensor can be taped or glued to any object that vibrates and will send a signal back to the interface and then back to the laptop and send a sound through the classroom sound system. For instance, a long 2x4 piece of wood that 10 students can drum on at the same time could sound like a bass drum while another 2x4 could sound like a snare drum. On a smaller scale, a hand puppet could have the sensor in its mouth and signal a funny sound effect every time it talks.
I received an email earlier this month that I was selected by the MAC McDonald's Foundation to fund my idea and put these applications in front of my students as soon as possible. I'll have more to show after I attend the ceremony on Wednesday.