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Teenagers workshops, Burratino, vocational school for minorities Budapest 

Teenagers workshops, Burratino, vocational school for minorities Budapest 

Make music with anything! 

Make anything into a key! You can make a connection through anything that's even a little bit conductive. You can also create inventions that combine conductive and non-conductive parts.

General Objectives:

  • learn what are the different materials conductivity and how we measure it
  • learn how you could connect objects from physical and virtual world
  • learn how to program your game and prototype it in the real world

The participants will:

  • understand the basic concepts of internet of things
  • create their own musical installation with conductive objects
  • be able to design interactions in virtual and physical world in parallel 


  • Introduce the concept of conductivity
  • Show sample projects and installations and talk about the internet of things 
  • Review design processes for the first installation made with fruits and other conductive materials 
  • Test and measure conductivity of different materials
  • Create first prototype of a fruits circuit that can generate sounds on the computer
  • Prototype  and remix set-up 
  • Share and discuss creations

What you need

Conductive Materials

  • Most fruits and vegetables work great.
  • Lots of other foods work too. We've tried marshmallows, gummy candies, macaroni and cheese, cupcakes, shrimp, and lots of other things.
  • Plants can work too. Try some leaves or flowers, but nothing too dry.
  • Play-Doh, Model Magic and other clays work very well as long as they stay moist.
  • People are conductive! Connect one person to ground, and another to an input, and you can trigger sounds when they high-five.
  • Graphite from a pencil can work. Make thick, dark lines, and be sure to draw on a smooth surface.
  • Foil and other metal objects will work. Try out coins, magnets, nuts and bolts, forks and knives, or pots and pans.

Craft Materials

When you're inventing, anything goes! Here are a few things we have enjoyed using:

Inflatable beach balls, paper plates, cardboard boxes, various types of soft and rigid foam, lego bricks, plastic storage boxes, stuffed animals and other toys, funny hats and other pieces of clothing, sheets of fabric, string, yarn, elastic, and paper.

It's also important to have around some tools for cutting, like scissors and exacto knives, and ways to stick things together, like hot glue, superglue, various kinds of tape, and clips or clamps.

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