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Photos and video: Instrument Maker Camp

Participants in the Instrument Maker Camp prepare for a performance in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center. The performance concluded the camp, hosted by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.
Participants in the Instrument Maker Camp prepare for a performance in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center. The performance concluded the camp, hosted by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology.

The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology (ICAT) held an Instrument Maker Camp for students at the Moss Arts Center. Staff and students from various departments were joined by K-12 teachers from around the state.

The campers used  upcycled materials, computer programs, electronic sensors, and microprocessors to prototype and build musical instruments. Throughout the camp, they learned about circuitry, 3-D fabrication, and software development.

They held a performance with their instruments on the final day of the camp in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center.   

One of ICAT's goals is to fuse together science, engineering, art and design. With the Maker Camp, staff and students wanted to teach the children and teachers how science/technology and art can be used together.

Photos and Video by Ray Meese

Isaac Baum and Ethan Guynn (not pictured) work on their musical instrument while participating in Instrument Maker Camp.
Isaac Baum and Ethan Guynn (not pictured) work on their musical instrument while participating in Instrument Maker Camp.
Staff member Eliza Hong lends a helping hand during while participants build musical instruments using junk and 3-D printed material, in conjunction with sensors, giving their instrument both form and function.
Staff member Eliza Hong lends a helping hand while participants build musical instruments using junk and 3-D printed material, in conjunction with sensors, giving their instrument both form and function.
Parker Newbill uses a hot glue glue gun to help create the form portion of a musical instrument while participating in Instrument Maker Camp, hosted by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at the Moss Arts Center. Camp participants were challenged to build a musical instrument using junk and 3-D printed material, in conjunction with sensors, giving their instrument both form and function.
Parker Newbill uses a hot glue glue gun to help create the form portion of a musical instrument.
ICAT staffers and camp participants work with a variety of sensors in an effort to create a musical instrument during Instrument Maker Camp.
ICAT staffers and camp participants work with a variety of sensors in an effort to create a musical instrument during Instrument Maker Camp.
Sofia Smith, right, shares a laugh with Rachel Guo and others while participating in Instrument Maker Camp.
Sofia Smith, right, shares a laugh with Rachel Guo and others while participating in Instrument Maker Camp.
Isaac Baum, left, and Ethan Guynn work on their musical instrument while participating in Instrument Maker Camp.
Isaac Baum, left, and Ethan Guynn work on their musical instrument while participating in Instrument Maker Camp.
Campers carry their musical instrument to the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center for a performance that concluded the Instrument Maker Camp.
Campers carry their musical instrument to the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre at the Moss Arts Center for a performance that concluded the Instrument Maker Camp.

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