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Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone
- Turn everyday objects like bananas into touchpads!
- Connect the world around you to your computer! Setup takes just seconds.
- Just plug, clip, and play! No programing knowledge needed.
- 1000s of possibilities! Draw your own game controller! Dance like never before!
- No software to install. Works with Mac and Windows.
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What is Makey Makey?
Turn the whole world into a keyboard. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners or Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. How Does it Work?
Alligator Clip two objects to the Makey Makey. For example, you and a banana (or an ice cube, or a kitty cat). When you touch the banana, the computer just thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music. Who is Makey Makey For?
Kids, Artists, Educators, Engineers, Inventors, Makers. Really it is for everyone. What materials work with Makey Makey?
Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Fruits, Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Pets, Aluminum, Rain, and hundreds more. Really any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity. What can I create?
Make a banana piano, play Mario on a play dough game pad, take a selfie of your cat every time she drinks water. How? First, load up a computer program or any webpage. Let's say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook the Makey Makey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys. Hundreds more of examples can be found at MakeyMakey.com
From the Manufacturer
1000s of possibilities. Setup takes just seconds. Just plug, clip, and play!
Make a banana piano!
Find a free virtual piano from the web. Instead of using your keyboard to play the piano, connect the keys on the Makey Makey to bananas. The bananas then become your piano keys!
Draw your own game controller!
Load up your favorite game or find a new one online. Draw the controls on a notepad with a pencil. Alligator clip the buttons, ground yourself, and play!
Dance like never before!
Make life-size game controllers you can jump on! When your foot touches water in a tub, or aluminum foil on the floor, you can play a dancing game or make your character jump!
Sneak yourself a cat selfie!
Set up a conductive pad (silver foil) and a water bowl for the kitty. Hook them up to set off your laptop camera when he comes to have a drink! Hundreds more examples on the official website.
Invented at MIT
Designed by MIT PhD’s to be simple and foster true project based creative learning.
A staircase or even a whole house can become a musical instrument. Build creative confidence!
Rewire the world
Ten lesson plans tied to common core and 18 creative guides available at the official website.
Make Stem learning fun!
Using only alligator clips and a webpage, you can learn circuits, user interface design, and physical computing.
Ever played Mario on Play-Doh? or Piano on Bananas?
Makey Makey is a simple circuit board that lets you reprogram the world by connecting everyday objects to a computer.
First setup takes seconds.
Start out easy with a banana piano. Then make game controllers, musical instruments, and inventions.
Warning: extended use may result in creative confidence!
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The very first thing I did upon her opening it was introduce her to the programing website called Scratch. This site is a drag and drop programing site that is kid friendly. She was able to instantly program a dancing cat and hook up the Makey Makey so that when you touched a cucumber, the cat would change colors.
The Scratch site has multiple programs others have created and shared to use in an application with a Makey Makey. This is all free, but it is not useable unless you have an internet connection.
Within the first hour, the wrist strap which you use to ground the person interacting with the Makey Makey broke, I think the plastic they used to make it was older on the product I received and when bent it would just snap. (Please note we did not buy on Amazon, but received as a raffle prize) We were not worried about this issue as we have a kids wrist jogging sweatband we have just slid the connector under, it works better for us than what was provided anyway.
I did not help with set up, clips, plugs or cucumber, she was able after just watching the promo video, to hook up the product by herself and was able to make it work. She also played around with a Mario game on Scratch using sticky tack and coins to make the controller. Again, no issues for her. She is bringing it to school today (yes I told the teacher it is not a clock) to teach her friends how to do things with it in spare time. We will see how it holds up. One issue with the product I do see if we use it on our desktop, there is just not enough room for wires, product, and whatever you build to use it with. It works best with a laptop type computer on a larger table just for space constraints. So a school computer lab may not have much space to truly create with it, and still reach what they are making without extra long alligator clips or some sort of extensions.
I am a bit glad she got one as a prize. She is enjoying it so far, and I know it will keep her busy for hours still as I am sure she will be making the operation game, and pinball application. But I personally was not going to purchase one for her for a few reasons.
1. I think she is ready for Arduino. The basic Arduino kit is cheaper and she has the brain power to figure it out and start learning real code language, so I was headed that way for Christmas instead of Makey Makey, but as I said, she is highly accelerated when it comes to making, creating and such. Average 10 year olds who are creative minded would be a good fit for this product. Like I said she is enjoying it, I just think her time might be spent better on upping her abilities and stretching her a bit more on using a product that will grow with her. That being said, this she was able to play with instantly without having to learn code. "Play" being the key word. It doesn't step up her current abilities by much, just lets her expand her play slightly farther than she was able to prior. If that makes sense. It will keep her busy for a while because of the way her brain likes to create and build things. She just won't be learning much for a new skill to build on.
2. Arduino is cheaper for the basic set, has many many more applications and you can build on the knowledge you learn using Arduino for future projects. The Makey Makey is a bit limited as you can only use it to make things into a key for the most part. someone already invented the Keyboard and controllers to do what this does. But if you are into the fun of the creative side of things it is a fun TOY. Arduino=tool, Makey Makey = toy in my opinion. But I won't doubt she will create some fun ways to use Makey Makey in her building, creating, and inventing.
3. We also have one at the museum I work for. We are having a hard time finding a shorter demo that does not involved perishables, or consumables, and is easily done in a short period of time so others have a chance to try it. We only have one Makey Makey there, and with one, to truly dig into creating, takes some exploration and time for each individual. So unless you have a ton of Makey Makey and computers and staff for guidance, and bananas, a short term portable group application is a bit more difficult. It becomes a product toy demo, more than an actual science related lesson. It's hard to know if we are trying to teach how to use the toy, or how to play whatever game we made, especially when they can play the game with the keyboard. Still working through workable ideas for that type of setting. Headed toward a possible music with paper and pencil controller maybe.
As long as it was free for us, I really can't complain too much. But maybe some people may find my info helpful.