Introduction: Makey Makey and Micro:bit Power Glove

About: Computers are going bananas! Use #makeymakey to practice invention literacy and connect the world to your computer.

Grab your Inventor Booster Kit or conductive tape, rifle through your winter clothes to find a mismatched glove and give it a new purpose! Let's prepare your microcontrollers!


Step 1:

Prepare micro:bit to use with Scratch

  • Connect micro:bit to Scratch (Follow directions here)
  • Download Scratch Link
  • Download Scratch micro:bit Hex File to your micro:bit
  • Add Makey Makey and micro:bit extensions to your new Scratch project.

Step 2: Baste Micro:bit to Glove

Make sure micro:bit is unplugged from the battery. Using some regular thread, baste (which means loosely stitch) micro:bit to the glove. You can use the holes along the edge connector to sew through your micro:bit and stitch across the controller to hold it onto the glove. When you are done, tie a knot and cut the thread.

Step 3: Plug in Battery and Test With Scratch

Now that micro:bit is securely fastened to the glove, plug in the battery and tuck the battery pack into your glove. Create your code on Scratch and test your glove!

Try a quick code to make sure it is connecting well with Scratch.

Step 4: Make Conductive Fingertips With Conductive Fabric Tape

To connect your Makey Makey, use conductive fabric tape to create an EARTH strip along the base of the glove. Then place a separate piece of conductive tape on each finger tip. At the knuckle side of the glove, you can fold the tape onto itself to create a clippable spot for each alligator clip.

Step 5: Connect Makey Makey

Connect an alligator clip to each knuckle! We used a rubber band to keep all of the alligator clips in place. Clip EARTH to the strip on the heal of the glove.

Step 6: Code and Play!

Now that you are all wired up, code your glove and have fun!

Our Scratch code changes the background to a random when you tilt the micro:bit AND press the down arrow.

This is a riff of the Scratch Theramin code from this micro:bit tutorial.

See our full Scratch Code here.