5 Makey Makey STEM Projects to Inspire the Classroom

In a rapidly evolving world, the importance of STEM education cannot be overstated. STEM learning not only equips students with essential skills for the future but also fosters creativity, problem-solving abilities, and a sense of innovation. One revolutionary tool making waves in the education sector is Makey Makey, an invention kit that turns everyday objects into interactive touchpads. At OKdo, we are committed to providing educators with the tools necessary to teach coding with confidence, and Makey Makey demonstrates just how STEM learning can inspire students of all ages.

What is Makey Makey?

Makey Makey originated as a project at MIT Media Lab and has since become a powerhouse in the world of STEM education. This invention kit allows users to transform ordinary objects into interactive controllers. By mimicking a keyboard and mouse, Makey Makey empowers individuals to control computer programs using everyday items, fostering a Maker’s Mindset.

Unlocking Creativity and Confidence: 5 Makey Makey STEM Projects to Inspire the Classroom:

Banana Piano

One of the most iconic Makey Makey projects is the Banana Piano. With just a few simple steps, students can turn bananas into musical keys, showcasing the limitless possibilities of creative coding. This project serves as an engaging introduction to Makey Makey, making coding a fun and interactive experience.

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Lighting an LED with Makey Makey

This project takes STEM learning a step further by teaching students how to light up LEDs using Makey Makey. By incorporating Play-Doh and aluminium foil, students not only illuminate LEDs but also delve into the world of circuitry, paper circuits, and Play-Doh switches.

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Plug and Play Controller

Transforming everyday items into a game controller is a thrilling way to captivate students’ interest. With Makey Makey, students can create game controllers using Play-Doh, discovering the conductivity of materials, and expanding their understanding of what can be turned into a controller—perhaps even something as unexpected as a donut.

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Interactive Drawing Challenge

This project encourages students to create interactive drawings that teach various concepts. By connecting drawings to the Makey Makey Sampler app or coding them with Scratch, students bridge the gap between art and technology, showcasing the interdisciplinary nature of STEM education.

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Tilting Cup Joystick

For those seeking a more advanced challenge, the Tilt Sensor project introduces the concept of handmade sensors using everyday materials. Building a joystick out of a cup and exploring two-axis tilt sensing opens new avenues for play, creation, and tinkering.

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OKdo’s Commitment to STEM Education

At OKdo, we understand the transformative power of STEM education. That’s why we offer the Makey Makey Classic Kit and the Makey Makey Classroom STEM Invention Literacy Pack. These resources empower educators to provide students with exciting STEM learning experiences, inspiring creativity, and confidence.

Our commitment extends beyond product availability – explore our blogs, getting-started guides, and projects for additional inspiration. If you have any questions about Makey Makey, Education Tech, or OKdo, our dedicated team is always ready to assist. Join us in unlocking the potential of STEM education and shaping the future innovators of tomorrow.

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