Makey Makey is an impressive but easy to use development kit that turns everyday objects into touch pads and combine them with the internet, online resources and games to open up a world of possibilities. It's a simple invention kit that can be used by people of all abilities and for all manner of crazy reasons.
Fancy playing a game using playdough as a controller? Go for it! How about a banana piano? No problem!
As part of our Future Technology week at my school pupils from reception to year 3 were given the opportunity to use the Makey Makey kits to create their own controllers to play a Pacman game. Below are some of the designs the children made.
As well as making controllers the children also had the opportunity to make banana pianos. They loved the chance plug in all the wires and explore what would happen with the different apps available. Some pupils played Canabalt, the endless runner game and enjoyed challenging each other whilst others were happy to bash away at the bongos. As a piece of equipment to inspire and bring a sense of awe and wonder Makey Makey is pretty had to beat and hopefully next year it will be embedded into our Science scheme of work.