|Banana bongo drums!|
(Photo taken by Katie Upah)
"You can use it to turn everyday objects into keys for your computer."
In our presentation, we are showing how to use Makey Makey to create bongo drums as well as start/stop a video on YouTube. We also briefly show how the bananas can be ripped apart to create a piano keyboard. These get students excited about technology, circuts, and music.
I could see Makey Makey being used in a science unit on circuts. In high school, I remember doing circut boards in physics and being very confused. While Makey Makey is designed for younger audiences, I believe it could still be used in a high school as an intro to the circut boards. It could also be used in a music lesson (such as the bongo drums, the cardboard guitar game, or the piano). As we discussed during our presentation, the piano could have an apple hooked to the "A" note, a banana for the "B" note, cantaloupe for the "C" note, etc. to help students learned the notes of a piano.
Possible materials to use with the Makey Makey are basically anything that conduct a circut: fruit, silverware, rings and watches, and even Play Doh. The device works on Windows, Macs, and Chromebooks.
For more ideas on how to use Makey Makey in the classroom, here is an additional link to lesson plan ideas. Some ideas mentioned on the site include creating webcam stories, musical water, and logic puzzles. This is a good resource to use to see how Makey Makey can be used in any subject area.