The kids’ music and computing hackathon that Sandbox Education ran for us was one of the most engaging events we’ve had. They had clearly put a lot of thought into their offer, and managed to pull together our exhibition and the overarching theme with really concrete and accessible projects for kids. The results were creative, and all the participants (including our team!) had a great time.
Liz McCarthyLiz McCarthy Web & Digital Media Manager Bodleian Libraries
Ada Lovelace Mini-Hack The Bodleian University of Oxford
On Saturday 5 December 2015, the Bodleian Libraries, Centre for Digital Scholarship hosted a Mini-Hackathon for children and teens run by Sandbox Education.
The workshop celebrated Ada Lovelace and her interests in computing and music.
The students designed, made and coded innovative electronic musical instruments. It was sold out well in advance.
Music Tech Workshop
Assemble the Hardware
Parents were invited to drop off hackers aged 11-16 in the morning and return at 12.30pm to see the workshop results.
Hackers built one of our music tech prototypes: Notes and Scales, Digital Drum Kit, Illumiphone, Frequency Modulator and Sound Scratcher.
Install the Software
The hackers followed our step by step specially written guide to install the Arduino and Processing IDEs and code Libraries.
They uploaded Sketches to the Arduino to control how the Arduino responded to input from Tinkerkit sensors.
We were on hand to help out when needed!
Craft the Interface
The hackers designed and crafter a tangible interface with Sugru, cardboard boxes and cups, paper straws, tape and glue.