Interactive Research with Makey Makey

Giving our year 6 students the opportunity to discover and play with Makey Makey enabled us to address the DT curriculum descriptors:

Identify and explore a range of digital systems with peripheral devices for different purposes, and transmit different types of data (ACTDIK007)

Examine the main components of common digital systems and how they may connect together to form networks to transmit data (ACTDIK014).

Acquire, store and validate different types of data, and use a range of software to interpret and visualise data to create information (ACTDIP016).

 Investigate how data is transmitted and secured in wired, wireless and mobile networks, and how the specifications affect performance (ACTDI023)

The girls enjoyed playing the famous ‘banana piano’ to start the introduction to Makey Makey. They were given time to ‘play’ and explore some of the software available on the Makey Makey site. School song was a favourite!


During RVE (Religious and Values Education) lessons the girls researched different religions. They were allocated teams to work in to share their research with peers using the Makey Makey. The girls created 3D icons to represent their chosen religion which could then incorporate a conductive material to complete the circuit needed for the Makey Makey to make their work interactive!

Below are some examples of their work:


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Jackie Child
Jackie Child has been teaching primary aged students for 40 years in a number of countries. She is passionate about how children learn through constructivist pedagogy. She is a Teacher Librarian at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School and a sessional tutor at Griffith University for pre-service teachers. Jackie doesn’t believe in standing still, there is always plenty to ‘do’ and learn!