For too many kids in school, STEM education (science, technology, engineering & math) is like a green vegetable:  it’s good for you, but you don’t have to like it, while the arts are dessert:  you might like it, but you don’t need it.  The University of Notre DameThird Coast Percussion, Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, and local South Bend schools are teaming up to change this.

Third Coast Percussion

Described as “savvy and hyper-talented young percussionists” Third Coast Percussion is the ensemble-in-residence at ND.  We are developing a special program for local fifth graders, where kids will assemble and play their own instruments in a performance with Third Coast Percussion, while learning some of the math and science behind how musical instruments work.  As part of a 1-credit S/U mini-course, ND students will design and fabricate instrument kits using laser cutters, 3D printers, and other equipment in the ND Design Deck in Stinson-Remick Hall of Engineering and then work with the fifth graders as mentors on performance day in January.

This project is sponsored in part by National Science Foundation grant DUE-1161222 Finding Your Vocation in STEM.

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