A series of 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. After learning that humans can conduct electricity, students discover how to connect themselves to the keyboard to 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 through 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. For this I fabricated the keyboard, programmed the computer in the child-friendly programming language, Scratch, and co-developed and taught lessons with creative movement educator, Justin Greer. (2015, 2016)