Starting out with a two-dimensional prototype made only out of cardboard, Jasmine Jewel challenged herself, hacking past the boundaries in her mind to create a three-dimensional piece that could play tunes. Support in the form of sound advice from her teachers helped her along the way.
“My music teacher heard about my idea for the Hack the Tube challenge and handed me her extra violin strings. It got me thinking; maybe I can get the violin to work, put it on pegs and tune it,” Jasmine Jewel said.
Finally, she added a tiny microphone with an attached wire that when plugged into a speaker amplified sound, resulting in an impressive outcome.
Information Communication and Technology teacher Cynthia Reneau, who supported Jasmine Jewel and her classmates with Hack the Tube, said thoroughly questioning students helped to build their ability to look at a situation from new and creative angles as well as their determination to succeed.
“When they have questions we question them back to see if they can figure it out [on their own],” Ms Reneau said.
Jack Cooper, a STEAM teacher at Northbridge International School Cambodia, said the act of hacking was also a great example of interdisciplinary learning.
He said students learn something in the classroom and then are equipped to take that knowledge and apply it in a different setting.
Mr Cooper said creative thinking is required to be able to do that.
“Not having constraints on a project is a hundred times more challenging because you don’t know where to start,” Mr Cooper said.
“It tests your thinking in terms of what you can come up with.”