Musical Stairs: Robotics Students Transform Steps Into Giant Piano

April 22, 2014

Taking the stairs is good for heart health, doctors say.

At Johns Hopkins University’s Hackerman Hall, it can also improve your mood.

A flight of steps on the building’s north side was recently transformed into a giant piano of sorts that serenades—and sometimes surprises—with a burst of notes as people walk from the first floor to the second (or vice versa). Think “Big”—as in, Tom Hanks in FAO Schwarz.

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

Excerpted from The Hub. Read more here.

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