The Maker movement is more than just buying kits, it’s also about expanding possibilities. Now, of course I’m not taking shots at Lego, because I love them, but with a set of instructions, it’s harder to think outside the box (and many people toss the instructions out first thing) but when a kit comes with no instructions, it’s a whole new ballgame.
April 24th – MaKey MaKey
MaKey MaKey is another wonderful product from the folks at the MIT Media Lab. The MaKey MaKey is basically showing students/people how to connect and close circuits and how to find things that conduct electricity (like we do).
MaKey MaKey is a very simple circuit board with Inputs and Outputs that you clip to with gator clips. You can then clip the “up arrow” on the board (as an example) to a banana (seriously) and once you close the connection (holding the other end of a gator clip connected to the “earth” part of the board) the banana becomes an up arrow (seriously).
Watch this video (also found on their website) for proof. Buy the kit, it’s only $50, and see how your students engage in ways you never would’ve thought of.