Makey Makey and More!

Spring Holiday STEMies Day was busy with exploring, creating and making interactive activities using Makey Makey, Scratch and Electric Mazes.

Using projects available on Code Club Australia the girls created games and interactives to share. They did not need to create an account, although many already had accounts, as they had time to make and play their games in the session.

Another activity was completing a circuit and making an Electric Maze with wire, buzzer, batteries and decorating the board with some awesome pictures and names!

Makey Makey is an Invention kit for everyone, it allows users to connect everyday objects to computer programs. Using a circuit board, alligator clips, and a USB cable, the tool uses closed loop electrical signals to send the computer either a keyboard stroke or mouse click signal. This function allows the Makey Makey to work with any computer program or webpage since all computer programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse click inputs.

Many ideas can be found on the Makey Makey website. Our girls started out by watching this video.

Selecting from a range of conductive objects the girls had fun playing games and making music. By logging into Scratch the girls coded sounds and scripts which played when the conductive objects were touched. Some of the creations were Birthday Cakes, Birds, Christmas Trees and Story Cards.

Videos of some of the work the girls’ created.

It was a day filled with creating, making and learning by playing and exploring.

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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!