Air Drums

Create a hands-free drum! Then create other instruments using sensors.


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Session Details

Invention: Air Drums

Theme: Sensors, Rhythm Creation, Tones

Time: 2 hrs

Materials:

  • Mentors will need to bring a connected device (phone, ipad, or computer) to access instructional videos.

  • Snap The Gap MUSIC Kit

Quick References:

 

Meet Up

10 min

PAIR OFF & CATCH UP

  • Check in with your mentee to make sure she signed up with JAM.com

  • Take turns asking each other questions. Example prompts:

    • How was your week?

    • What's one thing you created or invented this week?

 

Inspire

10 min

INSPIRE: Electronic musician, Imogen Heap, felt stuck performing behind her computer, so she decided to create her own instrument. Imogen worked with a team of engineers to invent a set of gloved that allow her to create music with hand gestures and movement. Performing with the gloves makes it easier for Imogen to express herself, improvise, and connect with her audience.

PROMPT: When you are building the Air Drums today, explore how you can use different sensors to make music.

DISCUSS/CAREERS: Electonic musician, engineer, software developer


Invent!

60 min

WATCH VIDEOS FOR AIR DRUM INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Smart Instruments

  2. Create Air Drums

  3. Play Air Drums

  4. Custom Drums

REMIX (if time)

Try these prompts!

  1. What happens in you remove the micro sequencer from your original circuit? How does this change the sounds that come out?

  2. Try swapping the accelerometer in place of the proximity sensor. How does this change the interaction of your air drum? Hint: Try dancing while holding your circuit. The accelerometer senses how fast you move it around.

  3. See what happens when the proximity sensor and accelerometer are used together in your circuit. Can you make an instrument that requires to people to make sounds? Hint: you will need to make sure both sensors are triggered at the same time.


Reflect

10 Min

DISCUSS WITH YOUR MENTEE

  • Something your mentee knew about the invention beforehand and something new they learned

  • Think of some examples that they have seen this invention in everyday lives (i.e., metal detector at the airport - makes a sound when you walk through and it senses metal)

  • What are the craziest ways you can think to play an instrument. What type of sensors would you need? You can make them up! (i.e., an instrument that is triggered by my cat = meow sensor, an instrument that makes sound when it gets wet = water sensor)

 

Group Share

[Optional]

10 Min

MENTEES SHARE

  • Mentees go around 1 by 1 and share:

    • Favorite thing about inventing today

    • Something that was hard in this session

    • What are the craziest ways you can think to play an instrument. What type of sensors would you need?

 

Wrap Up

5 Min

CLEAN UP

  • Make sure you have all the parts shown on the side of the box and put them away in the box for storage.

  • Note: your mentee will need to deconstruct part or all of her invention.

 

Next Steps

5 min

SUPER IMPORTANT HOMEWORK

  • Before next session, your mentee should go on JAM, select a topic that sounds interesting, participate in 1 challenge, and upload to the community. You will discuss it next time!

 

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