Makey Makey is a super cool kit that allows kids to turn just about any conductive object into a controller for a computer. That means you can use bananas, lemons, limes, play-doh, cups of water, pieces of aluminum foil, and even other people to control games, make music, and much more!
Want to have this activity at your event?
This is what you'll need to host this activity:
- Electricity. We need some juice to power the computers. If we use the laptops, they’ll last for a while, but not forever.
- Table space for the computers, Makey Makey kits, and input objects.
- WiFi is nice, but only necessary if you want the kids to play online. We can use Scratch (online or offline) or any game that takes keyboard input.
- 1-2 Coder Kids Club staff or trained volunteers to set up, monitor, and assist. Once we show the kids how to work with the Makey Makey kits, they can usually figure out the rest on their own.
Please contact us for availability and pricing for this activity.
Want to do it yourself?
You will need at least one Makey Makey set, a computer, and some conductive objects. We usually take the following with us for this activity:
- Oranges and other citrus fruits
- Apples, but please be aware that apple skin isn’t very conductive!
- Aluminum foil
- Conductive wire
- Conductive tape
- Cups of water, but be careful!
If we have time, we also like to do a quick activity to help kids figure out how conductive things are, using multimeters, and samples of materials that may, or may not, be conductive.
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