Today we attended the first day of SXSWEdu®, which is part of the South by Southwest conference.
“The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders. The seventh annual SXSWedu will return to Austin, March 6-9, 2017, for four days of compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, policy-centered discussions, business opportunities, networking and so much more! Through collaboration, creativity and social action, SXSWedu empowers its global community to connect, discover and impact.” (http://sxswedu.com/about)
While Sabrina and Julia were running the High5 booth, Nicolai and Christin explored the SXSWEdu. Damian Britton, presented a very exciting, but a bit bizarre tool, which allows you to produce music with everyday objects. He built a piano made of bananas. This cool music instrument has been created in a FabLab. The program began as a collaboration between the Grassroots Invention Group and the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a grant from the National Science Foundation (Washington, D.C.) in 2001. Since that time more and more labs have been founded all over the world.
A list of all official Fab Labs can be found here: https://www.fablabs.io/
For further information about the banana piano, check out following blog: http://librarymakers.net/piano-keyboard-makey-makey