Maker Camp

What do design, DIY, robotics, engineering, and music all have in common? They all combine to create the successful ingredients for ICAT’s first ever Maker camp! Each summer, ICAT studio heads, researchers, and graduate students welcome nearly thirty middle and high school-aged students to a week long camp designed to harness students’ creativity and encourage them to act on their curiosity. Campers experimented with sensors, circuitry, robotics, rapid prototyping, and the Pd-L2Ork K12 software as they used the design process to create custom musical instruments that responded to motion, sound, and touch sensors.

Maker Camps (Events)

Maker Camp 2015
Campers will use upcycled materials, computer programs, electronic sensors, and microprocessors to prototype and build entirely new musical instruments.  No prior music, programming, or making skills required.  At the end of the workshop, campers will perform with their instruments.  This program is part of the ICAT research portfolio. For more information, see the research description found at http://www.icat.vt.edu/content/icat-outreach-program-forms.

Maker Camp 2014
Campers will use upcycled materials, computer programs, electronic sensors, and microprocessors to prototype and build entirely new musical instruments. No prior music, programming, or making skills required. At the end of the workshop, campers will perform with their instruments. This program is part of the ICAT research portfolio. For more information, see the research description found at http://www.icat.vt.edu/content/icat-outreach-program-forms.

Maker Camp 2013
Campers engaged in fabrication, prototyping, and programming to design and build original musical instruments.

Maker Camp 2012
On July 30, 2012, ICAT studio heads, researchers, and graduate students welcomed nearly thirty middle and high school-aged students to a week long camp designed to harness students’ creativity and encourage them to act on their curiosity. Campers experimented with sensors, circuitry, robotics, rapid prototyping, and the Pd-L2Ork K12 software as they used the design process to create custom musical instruments that responded to motion, sound, and touch sensors.

Members: 




Name Affliliation Department
Barbara Baum community  
Liesl Baum faculty ICAT
Sam Blanchard faculty School of Visual Arts
Ico Bukvic faculty Department of Music
Kim Carlson faculty Management
Ben Knapp faculty Compuer Science
Dane Webster faculty School of Visual Arts
Tom Martin faculty Electrical and Computer Engineering
Lisa McNair faculty Engineering education
Charles Nichols faculty Department of Music
Charlie Card high school  
Christopher Long high school  
Nick Wyers high school  
Karl Bitikofer staff VISTA
Scott Fralin staff Library
Natalie Hart staff Government Affairs
Andrae Hash staff VISTA
Phyllis Newbill staff ICAT
Tanner Upthegrove staff ICAT
Jamie Simmons student Career and Technical Education
Sara Sweeney student Higher Education & Student Affairs
Reza Tasooji student Computer science
Kyriakos Tsoukalas student Human-Centered Design
Omavi Walker student Computer Science
Kari Zacharias student Science & Technology studies
Brennon Bortz student  
Jason Forsyth student  
Blake Sawyer student  
Taylor O'Connor student  
Teri Wagner student  

 

Collaborative Colleges: 
Architecture & Urban Studies
Engineering
Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Type: 
Camp
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