Ella Schreiter, Brookside Intermediate student in Clear Creek ISD, has pioneered a new and immersive way to help young musicians learn to follow the beat of music.
As a new band member learning percussion, she at first struggled to find the rhythm. She explained how the older students would tap the younger students’ shoulders to help them follow the conductor’s lead.
“There has to be a better way to do this,” she thought.
Student Invention- Wearable Metronome
For the 2021 Clear Creek ISD Science Fair, Schreiter, with the help of a NASA engineer, developed a new type of metronome- one that can be worn by students. The metronome can mirror the movements of the conductor and tap the beat onto the students’ arms, so they can get the feel of the rhythm.
Through trial and error, she created a successful prototype. Several band directors tested her device and approved of it. With her new invention, Schreiter made history, becoming the first intermediate student to win a Grand Award in the CCISD Science Fair.
Ella Schreiter is a great example of a budding young scientist, developing creative solutions to help other students.