Makey Makey Minecraft Controller

Introduction: Makey Makey Minecraft Controller

I wanted to combine a couple of my favourite Ed tech tools - Makey Makey and Minecraft - to increase accessibility for those with fine motor issues. This controller allows students to move their Minecraft character, place objects and break things!

Supplies:

  • computer and internet to power the Makey Makey and run Minecraft the program
  • Makey Makey kit
  • copper tape or aluminum foil
  • cardboard to for shapes
  • glue
  • tape
  • scissors

Step 1: Controller Shapes

  1. Cut shapes from cardstock or cardboard
    • I used 4 colours for the WASD (forward, left, back, right) movements to help with differentiation
      • and made 4 arrows which could be used to point out direction of movement once set up
    • I made 2 triangular shapes for the left and right mouse clicks
    • 1 space bar - rectangle
  2. Making the shapes conductive
    • I used glue to paste aluminum foil to the back of each shape, being careful to get to the edges for connecting to alligator clips later

Step 2: Ground Bracelet

I decided that I needed a ground bracelet for this project - the whole purpose is accessibility and it seemed ridiculous to have one hand tied up holding the ground alligator clip. I used BSUlibrarian's Hands Free MaKey MaKey Ground Bracelet Instructable as my guide. I didn't have any aluminum tape on hand so I made a nice bed of copper tape instead.

When working with duct tape - I like to use a frame to help hold the tape while I'm stretching it out and cutting it. Then I flip the frame over and line up the next piece of duct tape along the back - no fuss and no muss!

Step 3: Connecting the Controller

  1. Looking at the back of the Makey Makey , use jumper cables to connect to the black headers for WASD on the left side of the board and to the left and right mouseclicks along the right.
    • I used a bit of electrical tape to hold the jumpers in place
  2. Next - connect alligator clips to the jumper cables and the shape cards, making sure to get the right shape with the right jumper.
    • I used a bit of stick tack on the back of the shapes to keep them from moving around during student use
  3. Connect the red Makey Makey power cable and get ready to discover and learn in Minecraft.

Step 4: Explore Minecraft!

Enjoy!

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