During the second part of our April meeting everyone had a chance to try out a MaKey MaKey. A MaKey MaKey is an awesome micro controller that you can use with Scratch or a variety of other programs. Check out this video to get an idea of all the things you can do with one!
When you attach things to your MaKey MaKey to use it as a game controller you need to make sure the objects can conduct electricity and you need to make sure you’re always making a complete circuit. Some of the things I’ve use that have worked well as conductors with a Makey MaKey are small potatoes, bananas, cups of water, pennies, clementines, Swedish Fish and play dough. Check out MaKey MaKey’s How To page to get the low down on how to get it setup and the basics on using one. Here’s the Scratch Pong program that was originally adapted by Brad Jones from Skokie Public Library and then I tweaked it so it would work with a MaKey MaKey.
-Renee Neumeier, Young Adult Librarian, Evanston Public Library – questions? email me at firstname.lastname@example.org