Human Circuitry

A series of creative movement lessons for second grade students at The Dalton School, Human Circuitry explores collaboration through dance and reinforces an understanding of simple electrical circuits taught in their science classes. A 20-foot keyboard installed along the classroom wall links to a computer via a Makey Makey and delivers a very low, safe level of current. Students, learning that humans can conduct electricity, discover that by connecting themselves to the keyboard in the right ways they close a circuit that triggers the computer to play sound. Working in small groups they choreograph and perform movement to music that only plays if the rest of the class works together to keep the circuit closed, literally embodying the path of the circuit in their contact with one another. These lessons further prepare students to apply their knowledge of circuits in a social studies unit about urban planning, where they build city blocks and illuminate their buildings with lights they create with LEDs.

In my role as Education Technologist, I designed and led the interdisciplinary electricity curriculum for science, dance, and social studies, and created the concept for Human Circuitry. I fabricated the keyboard, programmed the computer in a child-friendly programming language called Scratch, and co-developed and taught lessons with creative movement educator, Justin Greer. Read more here. (2015, 2016)