“Ensemble” is a multisensory collaborative game for children of ages 6-9 that is played using the concepts of springs. It explores interaction models that foster both learning through play and nurturing mutual care among the group of children. These models can be integrated into various learning applications that I hope to introduce in low resource schools in India.
“Ensemble” is a multisensory collaborative game that is played using the concepts of springs. It invites four 6-9 year old children to play together to understand the concepts of force and motion displacement in springs. Using a tangible controller that mimics the physics of spring, children work together to reveal pictures on a projected tabletop board. Adding sound to the game further enriches the play.
They pass the controller around for multiple rounds until the entire image is revealed on the game board. Interpersonal interactions are designed to invoke patience and collaboration among children. Initial user tests show that the interaction works as predicted.