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About PIE

PIE (Playful Invention and Exploration) is an approach to using new technologies that integrates art, science, music, and engineering.

The main goal of PIE is to enable and inspire more people to create, invent, and explore -- using a combination of traditional craft materials and new digital technologies.

PIE projects and workshops make use of Crickets, small programmable devices you can use to create your own musical sculptures, interactive jewelry, communicating creatures, and other playful inventions.

The PIE approach was developed through a collaboration of six museums with MIT Media Lab, with support from the National Science Foundation. (For background on the project, see the PIE Network grant proposal.)

Here on the PIE website, you can:

• learn more about the PIE learning philosophy
see photos from PIE events
• find out about Crickets
• get inspiration for Things to Try
• browse examples in the Project Gallery
• share what you've created using the PIE Gallery form
• learn how to organize your own PIE workshops



This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant number 0087813. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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