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Music History Experience Outside the Classroom

Students in Dr. Catherine Hennessy-Wolter’s Senior Music History Seminar tried their hands at making radios in McIntyre Library’s new Makerspace.  For the assignment, students used soldering equipment to build AM radios from kits. They did this outside of class time in groups of 2 or 3.  Students read many primary and secondary sources on this topic before building their radio and writing a short reflection paper connecting their experiences to assigned readings. Dr. Hennessy-Wolter said, “There were several purposes behind the assignment beyond simply providing a joyful break from all of the reading involved with a seminar. Radio building was something of an art and a necessity in the 1910s and 1920s, before one could purchase a radio ready made from the store.”  (At the Blugold Makerspace tools, expertise, community and resources are provided to help students create physical and digital objects from Halloween costumes to control cars to radios.)