Musical Gloves

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Put on a pair of gloves and be the conductor of your invisible orchestra! Use the Pico Cricket (micro-controller) light sensor to detect your hand movements, then program the Pico Cricket to play different sounds based on those movements. Pico Cricket Required. This activity can easily be transformed into a one hour workshop. Please note that the activity uses an older form of the Pico Cricket. Please substitute and revise when necessary. No programming experience necessary. This workshop is for beginners.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - adult

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Pico Cricket kit
  • Gloves you don't mind cutting up
  • Computer to program Pico Cricket


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
      • Computer Science
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Circuits

Informal Categories

  • Computers
  • Electronics
  • Music


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • hear
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation, 0087813