'TuneTable' Teaches the Basics of Coding Through Music

By: Joey Haar - Dec 21, 2016
References: news.gatech.edu & digitaltrends
Understanding the basic principles of programming can be difficult for adults, let alone children, and 'TuneTable' is just one of the many games designed to help kids learn while they play. The interactive exhibit at the Georgia Institute of Technology blends music with coding, allowing students to build rhythms and melodies by incorporating common aspects of coding language.

TuneTable is played on a special, reactive tabletop. When various discs are placed on the table, it lights up to show how that piece is effecting it. These discs represent commands in coding -- things like iterations, functions, and conditionals. However, these coding concepts are then tied to the musical features of hip hip and EDM, letting kids hear how their decisions are impacting the complete program they build.