BlockyTalky: A Physical and Distributed Computer Music Toolkit for Kids

Shapiro, R. Benjamin; Kelly, Annie; Ahrens, Matthew and Fiebrink, Rebecca. 2016. 'BlockyTalky: A Physical and Distributed Computer Music Toolkit for Kids'. In: International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression. Brisbane, Australia 11-15 July 2016. [Conference or Workshop Item]

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Abstract or Description

NIME research realizes a vision of performance by means of computational expression, linking body and space to sound and imagery through eclectic forms of sensing and interaction. This vision could dramatically impact computer science education, simultaneously modernizing the field and drawing in diverse new participants. We describe our work creating a NIME-inspired computer music toolkit for kids called BlockyTalky; the toolkit enables users to create networks of sensing devices and synthesizers. We offer findings from our research on student learning through programming and performance. We conclude by suggesting a number of future directions for NIME researchers interested in education.

Item Type:

Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)

Additional Information:

We thank the National Science Foundation (CNS-1418463), the
NCWIT Acadamic Alliance Seed Fund, and LEGO Education
for funding this work.


NIME, computer science education, distributed systems

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Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Computing > Embodied AudioVisual Interaction Group (EAVI)


11 July 2016Published
29 March 2016Accepted

Event Location:

Brisbane, Australia

Date range:

11-15 July 2016


Funding bodyFunder IDGrant Number
National Science Foundation, USA (CNS-1418463)UNSPECIFIED
NCWIT Acadamic Alliance Seed FundUNSPECIFIED

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Date Deposited:

22 Jun 2016 15:06

Last Modified:

29 Apr 2020 16:19


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