Control Makey Makey With Magnets

Control your Makey Makey with magnets.

Supplies:

Makey Makey Kit, Reed Switch, Magnets

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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.

https://www.arrow.com/en/products/flex-14-10-15/li...

  1. Clip one lead of the reed switch to a key input on the Makey Makey.
  2. Clip one lead of the reed switch to earth on the Makey Makey.

To learn more about reed switches click on the link below.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reed_switch

Step 2: Choose What Type of Magnets to Use.

Magnets used in this demonstration:

  1. Neodymium magnets
  2. 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.

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