Control your Makey Makey with magnets.
Makey Makey Kit, Reed Switch, Magnets
Teachers! Did you use this instructable in your classroom?
Add a Teacher Note to share how you incorporated it into your lesson.
Step 1: Connect a Reed Switch
After deciding what type of project you are going to create you can add a reed switch to the area where you are going to connect your alligator clips.
Here is a link where you can order a reed switch for .18 cents per.
- Clip one lead of the reed switch to a key input on the Makey Makey.
- Clip one lead of the reed switch to earth on the Makey Makey.
To learn more about reed switches click on the link below.
Step 2: Choose What Type of Magnets to Use.
Magnets used in this demonstration:
- Neodymium magnets
- Ceramic Magnets
Tip: You can find rare earth magnets in old hard drives.
Step 3: Activating the Reed Switch
Test how far you can get the switch to react. Start from about 6 inches away from the reed switch and move it in closer until you get the Makey Makey to activate.