Sound Effects Board With Makey Makey

This board was created to add sounds to my robots. By using a graphite pencil a poster board along with a Makey Makey you can create an interactive surface with 16 touch points.


Makey Makey Classic, Poster Board, Paper, Graphite Pencil, Glue, Green Paint, 16 Alligator cables, 6 Jumper Wires, Un-Insulated Wire, Small Brass Picture Hangers, Ruler

Step 1: Setup and Design the Board Layout

  • Create a pattern on the poster board that you have selected to use for your project.
  • Using your graphite pencil draw heavy dark lines that extend to the end of your board. In this step, it is important that the lines do not touch each other.
  • Using a flat surface and a ruler helps create straight solid lines.

Step 2: Connect Makey Makey to the Board

  • Connect your alligator clips to the lines on your board and back to the Makey Makey.
  • Connect Jumper wires to the alligator cables for a easy connection coming out of the black standoff's that are on the back of the Makey Makey

Step 3: Scratch

  • Setup your sounds to each one of you lines connected to the Makey Makey
  • Remap you Makey Makey to modify the key and mouse settings on the board.

Here is the scratch project that I used for the board

Keys 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,space,right arrow,left arrow,w,a,s,d,f,g will work with this project

Step 4: Be Creative

  • I used a doodle bot and a soup mixer to activate the sounds on my board.
  • When you have what you want to use for your prop just make sure that the bottom of the surface has a conductive material and all points touching the board are connect together.
  • Connect a alagator wire from earth to your prop to complete the circuit when it touches the line on the board.
  • Enjoy



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