Makey Makey Original
Turn the whole world into a keyboard. What’s MaKey MaKey. Make + Key = MaKey MaKey. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. An Invention Kit for Everyone. Use your wildest imagination and turn everyday objects into touch pads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple Invention Kit for Beginners or Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between. That’s up to you. First, load up a computer programme or any webpage. Let’s say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook up the MaKey MaKey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys or let’s say you Google for an online Pac man game and draw a joystick with a pencil. You can play Pac man by touching the drawing. Or you could load up face book or Gmail and send a message on a custom-made alphabet-soup keyboard. How Does it Work. Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and an apple. When you touch the apple, you make a connexion, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programmes and web pages, because all programmes and web pages take keyboard and mouse input. Who is MaKey MaKey For. Artists, Kids, Educators, Engineers, Designers, Inventors, Makers. Really it is for everyone. What materials work with MaKey Makey. Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work including Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Lemons, etc. Other materials that work great: Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Most Foods, Cats and Dogs, Aluminium Foil, Rain, and hundreds more.
How Does it Work?
Alligator Clip two objects to the Makey Makey. For example, you and a banana (or an ice cube, or a kitty cat). When you touch the banana, the computer just thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music.
Who is Makey Makey For?
Kids, Artists, Educators, Engineers, Inventors, Makers. Really it is for everyone.
What materials work with Makey Makey?
Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Fruits, Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Pets, Aluminum, Rain, and hundreds more. Really any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity.
What can I create?
Make a banana piano, play Mario on a play dough game pad, take a selfie of your cat every time she drinks water. How? First, load up a computer program or any webpage. Let’s say you load up a piano. Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook the Makey Makey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys.
Hundreds more of examples can be found at
From the manufacturer
1000s of possibilities. Setup takes just seconds. Just plug, clip, and play!
- Make a banana piano!
- Find a free virtual piano from the web. Instead of using your keyboard to play the piano, connect the keys on the Makey Makey to bananas. The bananas then become your piano keys!
- Draw your own game controller!
- Load up your favorite game or find a new one online. Draw the controls on a notepad with a pencil. Alligator clip the buttons, ground yourself, and play!
- Dance like never before!
- Make life-size game controllers you can jump on! When your foot touches water in a tub, or aluminum foil on the floor, you can play a dancing game or make your character jump!
- Sneak yourself a cat selfie!
- Set up a conductive pad (silver foil) and a water bowl for the kitty. Hook them up to set off your laptop camera when he comes to have a drink! Hundreds more examples on the official website.
- Invented at MIT
- Designed by MIT PhD’s to be simple and foster true project based creative learning.
- Think Big
- A staircase or even a whole house can become a musical instrument. Build creative confidence!
- Rewire the world
- Ten lesson plans tied to common core and 18 creative guides available at the official website.
- Make Stem learning fun!
- Using only alligator clips and a webpage, you can learn circuits, user interface design, and physical computing.
- Ever played Mario on Play-Doh? or Piano on Bananas?
- Makey Makey is a simple circuit board that lets you reprogram the world by connecting everyday objects to a computer.
- First setup takes seconds.
- Start out easy with a banana piano. Then make game controllers, musical instruments, and inventions.