What is Makey Makey?
Makey Makey is an invention kit that allows you to turn anything into a "key". Use this key to control your computer through unusual ways! Anything that is even a little bit conductive can be used to make a connection. Try creating an invention that combines conductive and non-conductive parts!
Here are a few things to try (may not all be possible to use at the library):
- Most fruits and vegetables
- Lots of other foods work too (marshmallows, gummy candies, macaroni and cheese, cupcakes, shrimp, etc.)
- Plants (leaves or flowers, but nothing too dry)
- Play-Doh, Model Magic and other clays as long as they stay moist
- People (connect one person to ground, and another to an input, and you can trigger sounds when they high-five)
- Graphite from a pencil (make thick, dark lines, and be sure to draw on a smooth surface)
- Foil and other metal objects (coins, magnets, nuts and bolts, forks and knives, pots and pans, etc.)
Makey Makey Instructions
Click here to open a simple set of instructions for how to use our Makey Makey kit! Reminder that at this point, Makey Makey is an in-library use only kit.
Makey Makey Inspiration
Get some inspiration from these videos! If you come up with an idea that you want to do using Makey Makey and the materials you need aren't in our Makey Makey kit, ask a librarian! They may be able to help bring your creative idea to life!
More inspiration can be found here!
Websites to use with Makey Makey
Play some bongo drums!
Play the piano!
Use the arrow keys or your own custom controller to play tetris!
Allows for your keyboard to become a sound effects machine!
Flash Flash Revolution
When asked for username and password, select guest.
Guide the bird between pipes using only one key!
Scratch game in which you try to get away from multiplying squares.
Wack a Mole
Try to hit each mole as it pops out of it's hole.
Scratch based program that is very fun. Uses letter keys as well as arrows. I like to move it, move it!
Create a unique drawing using only the arrow keys!
Simple Drum Machine
Play drums using the arrow keys and spacebar.
Piano with full octave
Another piano for makey makey use.
Yet another piano for makey makey use. Features different sounds and key maps.
For a group to play. Connect when your color appears on screen.
Up arrow is blue, down arrow is green, left arrow is red, and right arrow is yellow.
Steal the Bananas
Steal the bananas as fast as you can. But watch out for hippos!
See if you can run the whole course without falling onto a spike! May need to enable flash.
A classic game of pacman. May need to enable flash.
Super Mario Flash
Play Super Mario using makey makey!