Make Your Own Musical Instrument At Westport Library

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The Westport Library’s June Maker-in-Residence, Josh Burker, will run a series of workshops using a kit called MaKey MaKey this month.
The Westport Library’s June Maker-in-Residence, Josh Burker, will run a series of workshops using a kit called MaKey MaKey this month. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTPORT, Conn. -- Make your own piano with bananas, turn a beach ball into an online game controller or use your imagination, everyday objects and the Internet to invent something original.

The Westport Library’s June Maker-in-Residence, Josh Burker, will run a series of workshops using a kit called MaKey MaKey this month in the MakerSpace in The Great Hall for ages 8 and older.

The program is free and open to the public.

The workshops are on the following days and times:

• Saturday, June 7, 1-4 p.m.: kickoff and overview.
• Wednesday, June 11, 3-5 p.m.
• Sunday, June 15, 2-5 p.m.
• Tuesday, June 17, 4-6 p.m.
• Thursday, June 19, 1-3 p.m.
• Sunday, June 22, 1-4 p.m.
• Wednesday, June 25, 3-6 p.m.
• Saturday, June 28, 1-3 p.m.: culminating event when everyone will bring their instrument

Activities in workshops will include:
• Creating a prototype of an instrument in cardboard, aluminum foil, copper tape, wire or other materials
• Learning to program the instrument using MaKey MaKey and Scratch.
• Building a more durable version of the instruments designed.
• Composing songs.
• Writing down the songs in a way that others can use them.
• Performing a concert.

Burker facilitates constructionist technology projects for students in kindergarten through fifth grade at an independent school in Fairfield County.

This series funded by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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