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Past Projects

Robotics, Coding and Jazz - Nothing Better!

 

 

 4th and 5th grade students combined the music and history of jazz with robotics and coding using FINCH ROBOTS.  Working with a robotics loan from the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Institute's CREATE lab, the library received a loan of 12 Finch robots that students used between January and May of 2016.

 

As a part of this project a partnership between Digital Arts & Technology Academy (DATA) and JKSIA was created by our school Instructional Coach, Elizabeth Kunz.  DATA high school mentors, under the direction of math and science instructor, Aaron Jawson,  met weekly with our students to assist JKSIA students as they researched and coded the Finches.  

 

During this time JKSIA was lucky to work with Carol Anne McGuire, Discovery Education Coach, who worked with students on understanding how music can connect to code.  The culminating project of this exciting endeavor was a music video combining Duke Ellington's "It Don't Mean A Thing" and our Finch Robots. 

 

 

Finch Research Links

FINCHSPIRATIONS

Meet the Jazz musicians our Finches are named after. Click on the musician's name to learn more:

 

 

Louis Armstrong

 

Count Basie

 

John Coltrane

 

Miles Davis

 

Duke Ellington

 

Ella Fitzgerald

 

Dizzy Gillespie

 

Billie Holiday

 

Scott Joplin

 

Thelonious Monk

 

Sarah Vaughan

 

Mary Lou Williams