The new Code-a-Key Backpack! Bringing the Makey Makey and the BBC micro:bit together for more invention fun!

2022 Year in Review

December 16, 2022
2022 year in review
2022 was a big year! We celebrated our bananaversary, released lots of new apps, new products, and even launched a Free online beginner course for educators!

Free Makey Makey 101

Are you new to Makey Makey and ready to learn how to use our invention kit in the classroom?

In this course, you'll learn about invention literacy, ways to use Makey Makey in your classroom, and see how teachers are already using Makey Makey in their classrooms around the globe!

New Products

We released backback bundles for our bananaversary, but we also created pencil packs and a USB-C cable. And there is even more in stock for 2023!

Backpack Bundles

Makey Makey backpacks have invention appeal! Attach any one of these three backpack boards to the black pin headers on the back of your Makey Makey (v.1.4 and higher only!) to access its full set of features. Add a second player to your games, find creative ways to control your computer mouse, and take your inventions to the MAX!

Makey Max Backpack

Want to pump up your projects? Take your inventions to the MAX with the Makey Max Backpack. This backpack enables inventors to alligator clip to the 12 inputs on the back, making the full Makey Makey board accessible for all inventors. It’s the ultimate in extreme inventing! Find out more here.

Player 2 Backpack

player 2 backpack

Ever wanted to add a second player? Plug in this backpack to instantly double your game controls and double the fun! Enable player 2 with this gameriffic backpack and create custom game controllers along with friends. Click here to learn more about the Player 2 Backpack.

Makey Mouse Backpack

What if you could make a mouse out of cheese? The Makey Mouse Backpack breaks out your mouse controls to “gator bites” so you can easily clip to fun items for unique drag-and-drop experiences. The Makey Mouse Backpack breaks out the four directions of mouse movement (up, down, left, right) as well as left and right click to give you the full range of control to build alternative mouse controllers. Click here to learn more about Makey Mouse backpack.

New Apps!

We just released our newest app for making your own Interactive Poster! Check out this guide for creating your own projects.

We created an Interactive Sheet Music app out for beta testing. Check out this guide to test it out.

sheet music

When we launched our Makey Makey backpacks this summer, we created a ton of new fun apps! Read on to learn a bit about each new app.

 

Bubble Pop Game

Super sensory overload fun with the bubble pop game! Pop and unpop bubbles by click and dragging or clicking on each bubble! Designed for Makey Mouse Backpack!

 

Fuzzy Face

Use Makey Mouse to create a custom mouse controller to control this fun retro style magnetic game! Click and drag to give Fuzzy Face a new look... beard, mustache, maybe even a mohawk! Designed for Makey Mouse Backpack!

2 Player Soccer

Double your fun with a second player! Use arrow keys for player one and WASD for player 2! Maximized fun with the Player 2 Backpack!

 Match the Beat!

Match the beat in this new rhythm game and combine the fun with the player 2 backpack!

Pixel Sketch

Design sticky note style art with this fun new drawing app! Color by Pixels! Designed for Makey Max Backpack!

Fruit Catcher

Choose 2-18 inputs to build a Whack a Mole style game! Plug and play with the Makey Max backpack for maximum fun! 

Fun project ideas

Our new apps also feature new project ideas! Build joysticks, whack a mole style games, and more. Check out some of the fun new projects we developed this year.

Super Simple Joystick with Modeling Clay

Double your fun with the Player 2 Backpack! This a super quick and easy DIY joystick so you can plug and play our new Soccer web app!

 

Heavy Duty Washer Joystick for Player 2 Backpack

You can make your own arcade style joystick with just a few things from the hardware store. Grab your washers, nuts, bolts and Player 2 Backpack and double your fun! 

 

DIY Paper Mouse Controller for Fuzzy Face App

Make a mouse out of paper and pencil drawings! Just use a 6B pencil to draw your controller and plug and play to have your own DIY Paper Mouse Controller with the Makey Mouse Backpack!

 

Bubble Pop Makey Mouse Controller

For this controller, your orange will be earth. You will connect yourself to EARTH, then use the orange to roll to each conductive touchpad. It's super quick, easy, and fun with the Makey Mouse Backpack!

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