Learn Greek Mythology with an Interactive Painting

Have you ever studied Classics, or just been fascinated by Greek Mythology and the 12 Gods of Olympus? With so many stories and characters, how could you possibly remember them all?

Art and Technology student Rania Zouganelis from Saxion University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands decided to solve that problem and created an immersive experience, where people could learn about Greek Mythology and history through an interactive installation.

Rania believes that by using experiences to retain and apply knowledge, you can achieve more effective learning. To explore this concept, she’s keen on creating dynamic learning experiences both in and out of the classrooms using interactive activities.

The idea of creating an interactive way to learn history came from her personal experience of struggling to memorise all of the Greek myths, Gods’ names and historic events.

Inspired by an Arduino project named “globe trotter”, which uses a globe to triggers actions on the computer, showing pictures of the world according to which country one touches. Rania used this idea as her starting point, for the creation of an interactive learning machine.

After lots of discussions and thought, she decided to combine two ideas, interactive painting and interactive learning as a way to make education more pleasant.

At first, Rania wanted to program the Touch Board with processing in order to trigger actions on the computer. However, she decided that she didn’t want to make the integration of the technology into her art obvious by using a computer that people would see.

Therefore, she started experimenting with sketches in Arduino and eventually combined our Random Touch MP3 sketch with the HID keyboard sketch, in order to have both simultaneous sounds and a variety of random sounds. For the prototype which she presented, she chose the Random Touch MP3 sketch only. These sketches and more are available for you to use for free, when you use our Arduino installer to set up your Touch Board!

Images & Video: Rania Zouganelis

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