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6. Wrap-up: Musical Art


Congratulations on completing your musical interactive art piece. Musical art exhibits are displayed in places like malls, museums, airports, and even on the sidewalks in New York City! You also learned one of the most used computer science concepts today - the conditional, or "if-then" block. Computers are great at doing the same instruction over and over, as you've seen, when given a forever loop, but they can't think on their own. They need a computer scientist like you to tell them what to do.

Most dictionaries say a robot is an automated machine that can be programmed to perform a variety of specific mechanical functions. Like the robotic arm up there on the sign.

Robots are often thought of as machines that do jobs that are too dirty, dull, or dangerous for people.

Using the "If-then" block is one of the core ways to tell a computer how to think. Computer scientists use it every day to write code for instructions like "if the roomba vaccuum robot bounces into a wall, then turn" or "if the air hockey robot senses the air hockey puck in front of it, push forward to knock it away". In healthcare dozens of small machines run simple computer programs that instruct IF a patient's heart rate decreases or IF an IV drip is complete or IF the oxygen level in the person's blood drops below a safe level THEN sound an alarm. Or even logic for a machine to navigate inside a person during surgery - if it senses something in front of it, then it turns. If/Then logic and computer science is all around you. When you start recognizing it, you'll realize that computer scientists make impacts on all areas of the world. No matter what field you are interested in, from music, to sports, to health care, there is a computer scientist innovating and improving it. Where would you like to use your new computer science skills?

Be sure to take one of the "take home club passes" located in your folder so you can log in to your scratch account from anywhere. During your next club meeting, you will do a Scratch Scavenger hunt where you can earn Scratch Badges by finding and using new blocks and functionality in Scratch while building a project that does whatever you want.

Help spread the awesomeness by writing a G+ post on a sticky note.

Write a shout-out to another club member or the club gurus for their hard work and help.

Did someone have a really cool project in the club showcase? If so, go ahead and write a shout-out to let them know.

You can make sure your friend gets the shout-out by writing "To:" followed by their name.

No sticky? No pen? No problem! Just ask your Guru for one.

After writing your post, follow your guru's instructions for posting it to the G+ community page.

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