Introduction: Makey Makey Classroom Assistant

About: I am a Digital Learning Consultant at Grant Wood AEA.

Learners will use a Makey Makey and Scratch to create a classroom assistant that will offer directions, questions, and/or advice for students in a classroom.

Step 1: Create Your Robot

Using the cardboard box, design what your robot will look like, try sketching it out first, especially as you are considering the robot's face and how students will interact with the robot.

Consider if you want the Makey Makey to be hidden within the robot's body or if you want the wires to be exposed.

Step 2: How Will Students Interact With the Robot?

Add copper tape or tin foil tape to the robot where you want students to be able to interact with the robot.

You could also use brads for the eyes or accessories that students could use as places to interact and receive different responses from the robot.

Attach the alligator clips to the interaction points, then attach the other end to the Makey Makey as you are creating your code.

Step 3: What Will Your Robot Say?

Use Scratch to create the code for your robot. In the Sounds Tab, record the directions/questions or advice you want the robot to tell.

*In Scratch 3.0, there is a "Robot" option to add for voice recordings. You can watch the tutorial video on tips in working within the sounds on Scratch 3.0.

Do a last double check to make sure that your coding & alligator clips match up with what you have created in Scratch.