Introduction: Talking Chess Game

Chess is a game that is a ton of fun and can be played by people of all ages! No matter what age you are, it’s always a good time to learn to play, because of the many benefits to playing.

In this guide, you will learn how to create a talking chess game. Your project will be connected to a Makey Makey to allow it to be interactive for players to use to remind them which Chess piece can perform what actions.


Makey Makey

Chess Game


Copper Tape (can substitute aluminum foil, or pencil *6b pencil works best)

Aluminum foil



Programs: Scratch

Step 1: Coding a Scratch Script

  1. Go to the Scratch Website.
  • If you are not signed up, click on Join Scratch. Create a username and password.
  • If you are already signed up, click on Sign In.

2. Click on Create to code a new Scratch script.

Click here to visit the code at

Step 2: Prepare the Chess Piece Sheet

Print out the Chess sheet. Click here to print

Add a strip of copper tape leading to each of the six pieces used in a Chess game. If you don't have copper tape, you can use aluminum foil or a 6b pencil.

Step 3: Create a Foil Bracelet

Makey Makey works when you complete a circuit, so using a foil bracelet is one way you can do this.

Tear off a 6-8" long sheet of aluminum foil. Fold it in approximately one inch folds. Wrap it around your wrist and then tape it closed. It should be close to your skin so that it’s comfortable, but somewhat tight. An alligator clip should be able to fit between the foil and your skin, but needs to touch your skin.

Step 4: Connect It All and Try It Out

Plug in the Makey Makey USB to your computer

Connect six alligator clips to the copper tape on the paper (one to each piece)

Connect the other end of each clip to the matching input on the Makey Makey Note: You can decide which color alligator clip corresponds to which key.

Connect one alligator clip to Earth, and the other end to your foil bracelet.

Play Chess and run Scratch as needed.