Designing for Creative Physical Computing (GY)

  • Researching the design of tools and activities for learning and creating with physical computing


The team explores the design of both the physical and digital space in order to support the integration of computing into artistic practices and creations. For example, creating a physical computing learning environment that supports the exploration of poetry, mural design, or dance; or, supporting entrepreneurs to design and create embedded devices more seamlessly in order to quickly test hypotheses within their market segment.. The students involved in this project examine the hardware, software, and physical design of tools for providing non-experts with flexibility, agency, self-efficacy, and knowledge to build creative designs with computing.

Methods & Technologies

  • Microcontrollers + Platforms (i.e. Arduino/Raspberry Pi/Circuit Playground/Sensors)
  • Internet of Things
  • Physical prototyping
  • Physical computing
  • Asynchronous Programming
  • User-Experience Design
  • Participatory Design
  • Co-Design
  • NYU MakerSpace


  • Hardware Design
  • Software Design
  • User-Experience
  • Design of Educational Activities and Learning Environments

Areas of Interest

  • Digital Media Design for Learning
  • Interactive Telecommunications Program
  • Integrated Digital Media
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Teaching and Learning


  • NYU Steinhardt
  • NYU Tisch
  • NYU Tandon School of Engineering
  • NYU Stern
  • Community Word Project
  • Dance from STEM
  • Divas for Social Justice

Faculty Advisor

Kayla Desportes

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