This project aims to educate kids between 8 to 12 years old on the learning process and on the growth mindset. Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck has demonstrated that teaching students about how their brains work—in particular, that the brain is plastic and can develop new capacities with effort and practice—makes a big difference in how constructively kids deal with mistakes and setbacks, use mistakes as feedback for their progress and remain motivated they are to persist until they achieve mastery. Therefore we decided to create an immersive experience where children can learn about the brain and how they learn. The kids enter inside a giant brain where they’re challenged into different activities that make them experience the learning brain and understand the importance of effort and how failing is an essential component of the learning process. Indeed, contrary to what’s been done in the subject to demonstrate the concept of learning brain, which has mostly been exhibitions or animations, we intend for children to engage with the concept and feel it themselves, not just see it. Therefore, we have decided to present it in a more tangible and interactive manner. For this reason, and to explicitly demarcate a learning space, we have decided to construct a dome to represent a brain, filled with activities to consciously feel learning brain in action.
Surface couverture: 22,3m²
Radius: 1,96 m = 6.52 feet
41 PVC pipes of 2m, diameter: 3.2 cm
1 PVC pipe of 2m, diameter: 8 cm
32 connectors 3.2 cm
Saw 30 pips of 1m
Saw the pipes of 2m in 3 parts of 60cm each (20 cm left each)
With the connector, link 2 pips of 60 cm together
Creation of the big connectors:
Saw the PVC pipe of 80 cm with the length of 60 cm
Drill holes of 3.2 cm diameter
4.2 cm between the holes for the 6 stars connectors
5.6 cm between the holes for the 5 starts connectors
4.2 cm between the holes for the 4 starts connectors (like for the 6 connectors because all the 4 will be on the floor)
How to connect the pipes with the connector?
Put all the pipes in the connectors to see how they fit.
If they don’t go in use a special polishing machine to smoothen or enlarge your holes
Leave the pipes inside the connectors and with an electric drill pierce a hole in the pipes that go all the way so that you have two holes (the drill goes all the way through the pipes). The holes have to be in the part of the tube that goes inside the connector.
Repeat the same procedure but pierce in the part outside the connector
Use zip ties that go from the holes on the inside part to the holes on the outside part and close them (see pictures)
Assemble all parts together as seen on the picture
The construction of the game "Foot Piano" has been made in 3 steps:
- The building of the structure of the foot piano
The piano is made of different types of wood. There are two main components in the piano: the compartment of the electronic components and the piano keys.
- The electronic part of the game
For this part, a USB joystick board was used. It was connected to the software "Joy to key" in the laptop. Each piano key was linked to a letter of the keyboard and the letters were coding in "Joy to key".
- The coding part of the game
To code the game on the laptop, the software Stencyl was used.
Foot piano frame