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Johns Hopkins Undergrads Create Musical Staircase

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See the full story on the JHU HUB at http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/04/....

Doctors say it all the time: Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Climbing stairs will improve not only your cardiovascular health, but also your mood.

That's certainly the case for anyone using the staircase on the north side of Hackerman Hall, where the steps have been transformed into a giant piano, serenading students, faculty and staff with music as they go from the first floor to the second (and vice versa.)

The "piano staircase" is the brainchild of members of the Hopkins Robotics Club, a new organization of about 100 students in majors ranging from electrical and computer engineering to mechanical engineering, computer science and the humanities.

"We thought it would be something fun to do to make people smile and let people know about the Hopkins Robotics Club," said Max Yelsky, the sophomore electrical and computer engineering major who is president of the group. "We had a bunch of sensors lying around and we figured it would be cool to build something the community might like."

It took club members about five hours to install the project, which Yelsky characterized as "fairly simple."

"The circuitry was pretty straightforward: the hard part was some of the programming," said Yelsky, who worked with Elliott Binder, a sophomore computer engineering major, on the circuitry and construction. Two other sophomores, Jordan Matelsky (computer science) and Michael Lombardo (computer engineering), wrote the code.

"The best part is watching people use it," Yelsky said. "The other day I saw a professor on his hands and knees, going up and down and playing a tune."

Video by:
Johns Hopkins University
Office of Communications
video@jhu.edu
Producer/Editor: Len Turner
Photographer: Dave Schmelick
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See the full story on the JHU HUB at http://hub.jhu.edu/2014/04/....

Doctors say it all the time: Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Climbing stairs will improve not only your cardiovascular health, but also your mood.

That's certainly the case for anyone using the staircase on the north side of Hackerman Hall, where the steps have been transformed into a giant piano, serenading students, faculty and staff with music as they go from the first floor to the second (and vice versa.)

The "piano staircase" is the brainchild of members of the Hopkins Robotics Club, a new organization of about 100 students in majors ranging from electrical and computer engineering to mechanical engineering, computer science and the humanities.

"We thought it would be something fun to do to make people smile and let people know about the Hopkins Robotics Club," said Max Yelsky, the sophomore electrical and computer engineering major who is president of the group. "We had a bunch of sensors lying around and we figured it would be cool to build something the community might like."

It took club members about five hours to install the project, which Yelsky characterized as "fairly simple."

"The circuitry was pretty straightforward: the hard part was some of the programming," said Yelsky, who worked with Elliott Binder, a sophomore computer engineering major, on the circuitry and construction. Two other sophomores, Jordan Matelsky (computer science) and Michael Lombardo (computer engineering), wrote the code.

"The best part is watching people use it," Yelsky said. "The other day I saw a professor on his hands and knees, going up and down and playing a tune."

Video by:
Johns Hopkins University
Office of Communications
video@jhu.edu
Producer/Editor: Len Turner
Photographer: Dave Schmelick Show less

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