Objective: Use a Makey Makey to create an interactive device that triggers music and sound effects.
Tools/Materials Required: Computer, Makey Makey, classroom supplies, found materials
Depth of Knowledge: Skills and Concepts
Teacher’s notes are in purple. For the student’s version, see Sound Machine Student Guide.
The Makey Makey is a device that can connect the physical world to the digital world. Plug it in to a USB port on a computer and repurpose everyday objects into a DIY keyboard!
Read about how to connect the Makey Makey to your computer and follow the instructions to get started.
Experiment with different materials to explore what is conductive and what is not. Can you use the Makey Makey with wires, plants, food, or other people? Try as many different materials as you can!
Control different programs on your computer with the Makey Makey. Try playing notes on a Scratch piano or changing slides on a PowerPoint presentation.
Play a Scratch game with a custom controller. Follow the Video Game Remix project and use the Makey Makey to allow users to play the game without touching the computer’s keyboard.
Create an interactive sound machine!
Use a Makey Makey to trigger sounds on your computer when you touch certain objects.
Invite your friends to test your sound machine!
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