Every year, Dr. Mary Anne Moser puts together a delightful smash-up of science and art in Calgary, Canada — Beakerhead. “Delight is reason enough to do things,” she says at TEDxCalgary.” It starts conversations; it starts relationships; it starts companies.”
In 2015, Beakerhead put together a very special event: a dog orchestra. Scientists, engineers and dog lovers worked together to code a program that would turn the act of petting a dog into a musical experience. They used MaKey MaKey, a kit for hacking everyday objects, to create safe, computer-connected conductive dog booties. With each pet from a passerby, a circuit was completed and a piano note produced.
The conductor of the dog orchestra, Jessica Lee, said the experiment was “wonderfully successful” at demonstrating Beakerhead’s mission “to use culture and entertainment to break down the barriers many people feel to science, engineering, and math.”
“We are hoping that the new playground of science, engineering and art that we’re creating will be a place where everyone can find their fullest potential,” Moser says.
To learn more, watch Moser’s whole talk below: