Propel East – 7th and 8th Grade – Technology Labs
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In Spring 2013, as part of a 12-week Creative Arts program focused on technology, Propel East 7th and 8th graders participated in several hands-on labs designed to teach the basic construction and physics that allow audio-based devices (such as microphones and speakers) to function. Over the course of 6 weeks, students learned how to build a functioning microphone using household materials, as well as how to “circuit bend” – the process of rewiring the circuit board inside an audio electronics device (such as a keyboard) to elicit modified sound.
Students also spent time recording audio observations as they progressed, including their feelings about how technology affects their lives and our society. Below are some examples of their recordings:
Microphone Building Reflections