From Tuesday 16th to Friday 19th of October, two Our Toys / Våre leker workshops took place at the ReMida center in Trondheim. The workshops were organized for schoolchildren. Twenty girls from the 7th grade at Ila School attended the workshops.
The workshops let the girls explore the creative sides of information technology (ICT), open source, hardware and the reuse of materials. The goal was to spark an awareness and interest in ICT, art and the reuse of materials, by showing how ICT can be used to animate real world objects.
The ReMida education pilasters of reuse and creativity were practiced when the girls created machines from reusable materials. Two by two the girls developed a concept and created a machine.
Through drag and drop programming in Scratch for Arduino (S4A) they defined the interaction between the machine and the world. Light and sound sensors provided feedback for the spectators. Audun Eriksen, specialist in S4A, directed the course, while Pål Bøyesen shed light upon the principles of the ReMida philosophy. NTNU staff helped the girls with the programming, and Roberta Proto was project manager of the Our Toys project.
The workshops were a part of Professor Letizia Jaccheri's exploration of the intersection where art and information technology merge. The workshops were part of the Meta.Morf 2012 event in Trondheim. The workshops were sponsored by the Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering at NTNU.
Photos from the Our Toys workshop (Flickr)