- Series: Evil Genius
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education TAB; 1 edition (July 12, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1259860469
- ISBN-13: 978-1259860461
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.7 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Colleen Graves is a high school librarian and blogger, obsessed with Learning Commons transformations, Makerspaces, technology education, making stuff, and getting girls involved in STEM. She offers the unique perspective of starting/creating two different makerspaces and Girl STEM groups in established public schools.
Aaron Graves is a school librarian with 15 years of experience. He is a mash-up of robot geek, book lover, and tech wizard. Aaron gained his perseverance for projects through collaborative and interactive art experiences as a member of the Good/Bad Art Collective.
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Top customer reviews
If you don't already know Makey Makey, it's relatively inexpensive, easy to learn, and lends itself to a multitude of projects. This is a great book to get more advanced and creative with your Makey Makey set. The table of contents is extensive with each project and then broken down into the different parts of that project, making it easy to skip to what step you are on. There are lots of color photos, the steps are easy to follow, and the Graves' keep things fun but helpful.
There are "bananas" at the start of each project to let you know how difficult the projects are. Since I am still working on my basic Makey Makey skills, I plan to start with a 1-banana project of putting an alarm on a cookie jar. Lots of Scratch is integrated into the projects and this is a good starter project not just for Makey Makey but also learning the basics of how to use Scratch to program your Makey Makey projects.
If you are a techie teacher, media specialist, digital leader, or just like Makey Makey, I highly recommend picking up this book, as well as following the authors' blog for some great ideas and inspiration.
So he and I were both excited to get this book.
Unfortunately, in many ways, much like the Makey Makey itself, the book has languished and fallen victim to the ravages of a world filled with too little time to do everything you set out to accomplish each day and that world is also filled with Dan TDM videos that need watching and we just run out of time and don't get all of our 20 projects completed.
They aren't that evil either.
We weren't looking to take over the world, but we were hoping to take over the house maybe? Or the yard, or on a good day, the neighborhood. The projects lack some of the pizazz we were hoping they might have.
Still, all joking around aside, there is a lot to like about this book. For one thing, it is very detailed. If you felt like the original Makey Makey toy was a little too open ended and lacked instructions, then this makes up for that very well. There are 20 detailed projects that you can make with ease and there is plenty of detail. It is a great instruction book for the Makey Makey.
Maybe it is just a little oversold with the exciting title, but I would recommend this for anyone who feels like they have stalled, or never taken off, with their Makey Makey!
This set of Maker Skills for the Elementary School Set and Others is exciting and stimulating and makes good use of the Scratch Language developed at the MIT Media Lab. It require the Makey Makey kit (relatively inexpensive and conductive tape). While the computer and electronic skills it instructs are well explained and learn-able within the background of an elementary school student interests in STEM topics some of the more complicated assembly steps required in more advanced projects may be beyond the manual coordination of a youngster without skilled adult help.
The best way I could truly explain the value of this book is with an analogy featuring The Lord of the Rings trilogy.
20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius is Samwise Gamgee to your Frodo Baggins. The book will guide you through the ups and downs of completing different projects, much like Sam helped Frodo through the Death Marshes on the way to Mordor. 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius will help you defeat any fear you might have using code to create awesome projects, much like Sam defeated the evil spider Shelob who had paralyzed his good friend Frodo.
I highly encourage you to buy this book to expand your understanding of the great things Makey Makey can do for you and your children. Also, it might jus help you save Middle Earth.
Projects for the evil genius. You will need to be more genius than evil - I was expecting more traps, and spy type projects like a decent, hardworking evil genius could use to protect his lair. Not sure that hardworking evil geniuses have time for pinball
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the authors must have endless energy and are quite intelligent and creative.
this book is full of projects...Read more