A programmable kit for students ages from 6 to College
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Electronic, Programming
1 set per student
Elementary, Middle Schools and Libraries
Covering robotics, programming and computer science
No training required –available as an option
Makey Makey is designed for quick connections between a computer and a variety of objects. Learners can experiment with various configurations to create a complete circuit.
“Makey Makey” is a play on words - students having the ability to Make their own Keyboards (“Ma-Key”). The mundane and boring keyboard is replaced by any object that conducts electricity - pie pans, Play-Doh, bananas, and even potted plants - the list goes on! When students create their own method of interfacing with the computer, barriers to learning and creating give way to a world of exploration that is on their terms. Whether they are coding on Scratch, playing Pacman or jamming with music software, interactive and genuine learning takes place because students are guided by their interests and passion.
Makey Makey is part of a creative and technological downshift in which very smart electronics are simplified to make the world manipulable by ordinary people in ways previously available only to developers. The heart of Makey Makey is its circuit board that connects to a computer via a USB cable. Building circuits that can be used like a joystick or a keyboard key allows users with no coding experience to use Makey Makey to learn, experiment, and invent.
The Makey Makey is used by K12 educators in all 50 states and throughout the world (over 30 countries!) to teach Engineering, Design Thinking, and Making. Teachers in virtually every subject area have successfully used the Makey Makey to enhance and deepen the learning experience in their classroom.
When inventing, anything goes! Below is a list of materials with which learners can experiment, investigate, and innovate. Also important to have available are some tools for cutting, like scissors and craft knives, and ways to attach things together, like hot glue, super glue, various kinds of tape, and clips or clamps.
Makey Makey works with any software that uses the keyboard, mouse, and/or arrow keys. Try Makey Makey out by using the device with any web page or computer application where a keyboard and/or mouse is required. Below are just a few of the computer applications that can be used with Makey Makey:
* Computers (Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux) with an available USB slot required