NIME Prototyping in Teams: A Participatory Approach to Teaching Physical Computing

Xambó, Anna and Saue, Sigurd and Jensenius, Alexander Refsum and Støckert, Robin and Brandtsegg, Oeyvind

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

In this paper, we present a workshop of physical computing applied to NIME design based on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) education. The workshop is designed for master students with multidisciplinary backgrounds. They are encouraged to work in teams from two university campuses remotely connected through a portal space. The components of the workshop are prototyping, music improvisation and reflective practice. We report the results of this course, which show a positive impact on the students’ confidence in prototyping and intention to continue in STEM fields. We also present the challenges and lessons learned on how to improve the teaching of hybrid technologies and programming skills in an interdisciplinary context across two locations, with the aim of satisfying both beginners and experts. We conclude with a broader discussion on how these new pedagogical perspectives can improve NIME-related courses.