PROTOTYPING PUPPETS

ABOUT

This Prototyping Puppets project combines craft and performance art to teach early middle school students basic prototyping skills.

We are developing informal STEM workshops following three steps:

 

1) narrative framing

2) craft-inspired building

3) validation through performance.

 

This key approach combines craft, performative self-expression, and basic hardware prototyping with the goal to attract new audiences to STEM. Researchers at Georgia Tech and at the Center for Puppetry Arts develop and test this approach through multiple puppet-building workshops aimed at informal education for middle-schoolers.

 

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number #1612686.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

 

MEDIA

We develop simple puppet designs to help students explore basic prototyping. All of our designs are freely available below. If you have any questions or find errors, please contact the research team.

PUBLICATIONS

Nitsche, Michael, Crystal Eng, Firaz Peer. “Ownership in Making Puppets.” (paper presented at:)

         First Co-Creation Workshop at International Conference on Computational Creativity (ICCC 2017)

         (June 19, 2017 Atlanta, GA).

 

 

Restrepo, Isabel, Michael Nitsche, Crystal Eng. “Prototyping Puppets beyond Borders.” In:

          Proceedings of the 23rd International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA 2017) (June 11-18, 2017

          Manizales, Colombia) Bogota, ISEA International, 2017. 87-94. (347 KB)

 

 

Peer, Firaz, Michael Nitsche, Lauren Schaffer. "Power Puppet: Science and Technology Education

          through Puppet building." In: Proceedings of the IDC  '14 (June 17-20, Aarhus, DK) New York:

          ACM, 2014. 221-224 (1.2MB)

 

PEOPLE

Michael Nitsche

Researcher

Principal Investigator

 

Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Crystal Eng

Researcher

Graduate Researcher

 

Georgia Institute of Technology

 

Aretta Baumgartner

Collaborator

 

Center for Puppetry Arts

Education Director

 

Jeff Domke

Collaborator

 

Center for Puppetry Arts

Education Coordinator

 

Tom McKlin

Collaborator

 

The Findings Group

External Evaluator

 

Isabel Restrepo

Collaborator

 

Universidad de Antioquia, Colombia

Associate Professor

 

 

Thom Stanley

Advisor

 

Puppeteer / Director

 

Melissa Foulger

Advisor

 

Georgia Institute of Technology

DramaTech Director

 

Kylie Peppler

Advisor

 

Indiana University

Associate Professor