Digital Dream Lab is a location based project at ETC working with Makeshop at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, where children are provided with a hands-on workshop to learn about making through small projects. Sewing machines, woodworking tools, electronic circuit blocks, various other materials, and amazing facilitators provide children with an exploratory environment that starts with the simple question, “What do you want to make today?”
Our focus this semester is to explore how a digital creation experience can function in the Makeshop. With a current gap and request to bring programming concepts into the process, we have proposed a tangible block interface to teach the basics through a storytelling framework. The physical blocks will represent characters, actions, modifiers, etc. in the digital space, and a projector will provide a window for children to explore and create!
If you would like to find out more about this project, visit us at http://www.etc.cmu.edu/projects/digital-dream-lab/
Our 30 seconds teaser video
Our 3 minutes promo video
Our interactive demo video