This report reflects on an exploratory STEAM workshop at the University of Newcastle, School of Creative Industries, Conservatorium of Music, Australia. Twenty-six middle school-aged students attended the two-day workshop. On the final day, students presented an immersive concert for parents and friends, showcasing creativity, innovation and teamwork. Interestingly, Lego robots were employed as a physical tool through which music-making students interacted with each other and built attributes of creative engagement. These attributes were measured via the Six C’s established by Bers comprising: (1) Collaboration; (2) Community Building; (3) Communication; (4) Content Creation; (5) Creativity; and (6) Choices of Conduct. This report suggests the integration of robots can also enrich the musicianship of students, building upon their traditional music training.
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Manning, Adam; Bessenyei, Amelia; and English, Helen
"The Future in their Imaginations: Music and Robotics School Holidays Program for School-Aged Children,"
The STEAM Journal:
2, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol4/iss2/12