The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art created an Interactive Light Studio for pre-kindergarten students at The American Sign Language and English Lower School (P.S. 347) in New York City. Specific goals included designing a space for science exploration and creating ways for both deaf and hearing students to explore light and sound. Deaf and hearing impaired students, in particular, benefit from the design of a sound-to-light installation that uses microphones to provide visual feedback. Another installation includes a network of circuits, which imitate the interaction of fireflies when placed in various configurations by the children. The Interactive Light Studio promotes science to young children and engages a diverse student population in science and engineering. The project offers undergraduate engineering students an opportunity to improve their technical and professional skills and develop a broader appreciation of the role of engineers in bettering society.
Creating an Interactive Light Studio for the American Sign Language and English Lower School
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Baglione, M, Wong, N, Clevenson, H, O’Meara, B, & Baker, J. "Creating an Interactive Light Studio for the American Sign Language and English Lower School." Proceedings of the ASME 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition. Volume 5: Engineering Education and Professional Development. Denver, Colorado, USA. November 11–17, 2011. pp. 323-332. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2011-64374
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