This is part of a series of posts that talks about a few things that schools could invest in to improve and enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math’s) Education. They each contribute to the bigger picture of making schools challenging, fun, exciting and desirable places to be.
In this short post I want to introduce you to the MaKey MaKey!
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween:
How does it work?
Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and an apple.
When you touch the apple, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.
Make + Key = MaKey MaKey!
What can you make?
That's up to you! 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 up the MaKey MaKey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys
Or let's say you Google for an online Pacman game and draw a joystick with a pencil:
Then you can play Pacman by touching the drawing.
Or you could load up facebook or gmail and send a message on a custom-made alphabet-soup keyboard:
More informationin this video below:
I've had a MaKey, MaKey for about 6 weeks and its great fun! Any schools using them yet?
Finally, this TED Talk from Jay Silver is an excellent introduction as to how the MaKey MaKey came about:
Finally, Finally - MaKey MaKey was funded by Kickstarter - another aspect of finachal literacy education that often gets ver looked in schools.