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  • Matzke Elementary School
  • Houston, TX
  • More than half of students from low‑income households

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Using the Adafruit design for Firewalker shoes, we will learn about circuits, LEDs, pressure sensitive material, conductors, soldering, and batteries. We plan to program FLORA boards for each shoe in order to make a movement activated light system. Transforming our tap shoes into FireTapper shoes, we will bring the entertainment of tap dancing into the visual sense to give full access to our Deaf/deaf/hard of hearing peers, staff, and families! Each shoe will activate different lights for toes and heels. This will create a visual representation of the variety of sounds that tap dancing creates. Giving our audience full access will be a fulfillment of our project, but giving the joy of dance and music to my students will be a joy to me!

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Using the Adafruit design for Firewalker shoes, we will learn about circuits, LEDs, pressure sensitive material, conductors, soldering, and batteries. We plan to program FLORA boards for each shoe in order to make a movement activated light system. Transforming our tap shoes into FireTapper shoes, we will bring the entertainment of tap dancing into the visual sense to give full access to our Deaf/deaf/hard of hearing peers, staff, and families! Each shoe will activate different lights for toes and heels. This will create a visual representation of the variety of sounds that tap dancing creates. Giving our audience full access will be a fulfillment of our project, but giving the joy of dance and music to my students will be a joy to me!

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