Posted on October 25, 2014
Tiny robotic cars translate colour information to sound and they make different sounds for different colours. Play drums out of anything hit the beat, like seeds of rice and beans, The Peninsula said.
 
The colour chaser ‘MoMA collection’ and the ‘Physical Drum Machine’ are just samples among many exhibits showcased at the Learning Festival organised by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) which was  opened yesterday at Katara.
 
The Learning Festival showcases the creative takes on the use of technology in education. The festival is on a mission to creatively share some of the latest developments in education. Through a series of demos, workshops and performances by the ‘Maker Movement’ and a photo exhibition by Newsha Tavakolian, the festival showcases use of technology in the classroom. It demonstrates how the makers explore simple analog and digital resources to enhance creativity.

Yuri Suzuki, a sound artist, designer and electronic musician who produces work that explores the realms of sound through exquisitely designed pieces, was one among the opening of the Learning Festival. “Understanding electronics leads to creating things. Learning understands,” said Yuri Suzuki, Japanese designer, whose brainchild is the ‘MoMA collection.’ The photo exhibition by Tavakolian, whose striking images illustrate the 2014 WISE Book represent 11 best practices in the use of technology to improve learning. It includes photos taken at the Qatar Foundation schools.
 
The central area of the festival is dedicated to the Maker movement, featuring interactive demos and installations of some the latest creative maker projects such as LittleBits, Makey Makey, 3d printing, Paper Electronics, Arduino-based DYI kits as well. The festival is open on Katara Esplanade until November 8, between 5pm and 10pm. The Learning Festival will also hold workshops for students at Katara and within and outside the Education City. The festival is held ahead of the WISE 2014 summit which will be held between November 4 and November 6 under the theme ‘Imagine-Create-Learn: Creativity at the Heart of Education.’

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