This workshop provides a demonstration of the Manhattan digital environment, a platform designed to support and motivate learning programming through musical creativity. The software combines music editing with a scalable level of coding – from simple formulas or code fragments to more advanced algorithms and generative music. Following a 20-minute introduction to the project and program, delegates will have the opportunity to interact with the software, through one of the lessons, which takes a topic in computer science (e.g. iteration, conditional statements, or variables and arrays) and explores it in a musical context. The session will show how the environment enables a wide range of complex computing concepts to be taught visually and musically – supporting intrinsic motivation, scalable challenge, and personal creativity, to foster deeper engagement with the subject. The session is ideal for educators in computing and non-computing disciplines looking to develop students’ computational thinking styles and aesthetics.
Nash, C. (2018, January). The Manhattan project: Creativity and computing synthesised. Presented at HEA STEM Conference 2018