Magical Flower DJ - An Interactive Art and Education Experience

 The flower DJ extraordinaire Wanjun Zhang invites us to explore circuits.  "Would you like to hold a flower?" she asks at Pop Shop, Houston, December 2017.  Photography courtesy of Jessi Bowman.

The flower DJ extraordinaire Wanjun Zhang invites us to explore circuits.  "Would you like to hold a flower?" she asks at Pop Shop, Houston, December 2017.  Photography courtesy of Jessi Bowman.

We made an interactive educational and art experience for Pop Shop, a handmade craft fair. Strangers are asked if they would like to hold a flower, and when they do one of us high fives them to make a sound.

 

We turned humans into buttons.

 Touch a canary yellow flower and a cat meows.  Touch a white flower and a bell jingles.  Code Park shares the magic of circuitry with flowers and sounds at Pop Shop, Houston, December 2017.  Photography courtesy of Jessi Bowman.

Touch a canary yellow flower and a cat meows.  Touch a white flower and a bell jingles.  Code Park shares the magic of circuitry with flowers and sounds at Pop Shop, Houston, December 2017.  Photography courtesy of Jessi Bowman.

It's really cool to see children and adults alike express surprise and joy as they touch a flower to play Jingle Bells or make cat meow. At the end of the fun experience we explained the science - that by understanding conductivity and coding we can interact and code the environment around us.

The world is your oyster, and your oyster can be programmed.

 Colin who volunteers with Code Park explains how the circuitry works to excited children at Pop Shop, Houston, December 2017. Photography courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

Colin who volunteers with Code Park explains how the circuitry works to excited children at Pop Shop, Houston, December 2017. Photography courtesy of Wanjun Zhang.

This demo exemplifies one of our workshops.

Our goal is empower our students with being the creators of technological inventions instead of consumers.

Students are introduced to coding and circuitry with the Makey Makey circuit board. They build fun and interactive projects with foil, craft stick, play-doh, and each other.