This is a beginner class for teachers, students, and makers of all ages who are new to Makey Makey and aren't sure how to get beyond the banana piano. The best way to get started as a maker is to tinker and play to learn (and maybe re-learn how to play). This course is here to show you how to do just that!
This course introduces the basics of using Makey Makey through project ideas that will help you build creative confidence and start looking at the world around you as part of your invention kit.
You'll learn how to build and experiment with simple circuits. You'll test for conductivity in various items. You'll build switches. You'll also design and share interactive pieces of art. You'll learn how to code with one of the world's best and most popular (and free!) coding programs. If you’ve never used Makey Makey before, make sure to go through the first time set up before kicking off the first lesson!
Beginner’s Webinar - This webinar is chock-full of ideas for those new to Makey Makey!
Build a Better Book Webinar - Great idea for making books accessible with different maker tools.
Lesson 1: Sketch It! Play It!
In this first lesson, you’ll sketch your first circuit that you can hook up to your computer and start thinking about how to design your own interactive drawings to use with Makey Makey.
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Lesson 2: Is It Conductive?
Did you know everything in this world is either a conductor or an insulator? In this lesson, we experiment with all sorts of objects to find out what is conductive so you can start designing your own inventions.
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Lesson 3: Pressure Sensitive Switches
In this lesson, you’ll create an oversized pressure switch with rubber bands, foil, and cardboard. A stomping pad is great for an invention that doesn’t require you to “hold EARTH.” If you don’t want to go big, you can also make a smaller switch.
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Lesson 4: Getting Started With Scratch and Makey Makey
Once you’ve created your own switches and experimented with what is conductive, it’s time to start coding your own inventions. Let’s get started with Scratch Programming, a free block-based programming language designed for beginners.
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Lesson 5: Sketch It! Code It!: Drawing and Coding Curriculum Connections
In this lesson, you’ll take the ideas you’ve learned to start coding your drawings and analyzing poetry. Use this lesson to code your poetry analysis, draw and code accurate triangles, or research and code interactive posters!
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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!