Holiday Project Guide! Makey Makey Makey Snowman Operation

November 14, 2023
Snowman Operation Game in action

Winter is here, and what better way to embrace the chilly weather than by building a snowman? But wait, why settle for an ordinary snowman when you can create a Snowman Operation game using Makey Makey? Get ready to have some frosty fun as we guide you through the process of building your very own interactive snowman game!

What is Makey Makey?

Before we dive into the snowman shenanigans, let's quickly explain what Makey Makey is. Imagine turning everyday objects into touchpads and using them to control your computer. That's exactly what Makey Makey does! It's like magic, but with a dash of quirkiness.

Gather Your Frosty Materials

First things first, you'll need some materials to bring your snowman game to life. Here's what you'll need:

Now that you've gathered your frosty materials, let's move on to the next step!

Build Your Snowman

Draw or print a snowman for your box. Then trace the shapes of the items that will be inside the snowman.

Find a shallow box and draw a snowman.

Draw or print a snowman for your box. Then trace the shapes of the items that will be inside the snowman. Get creative and experiment with different objects to see what works best for your snowman operation game. After tracing the shapes, cut each shape out of the box.

Make Your Snowman Conductive

Now comes the fun part! Wrap aluminum foil around the inside of the shapes to make each shape conductive. This will allow your snowman to send signals to the computer when touched. It's like giving your snowman a superpower!

Connect the Dots (or Shapes)

Connect each shape with conductive tape. All of these shapes will connect to only one input on Makey Makey. So make sure each shape is connected with conductive tape, and that each shape is connected together. 

Let the Snowman Operation Begin!

Attach the shapes to the space input on Makey Makey and attach an alligator clip from the EARTH input to a pair of metal tweezers. Plug Makey Makey in and open the alarm web app.

Now that everything is set up, it's time to play doctor and perform some snowman operations! When someone operates and  accidentally touches tweezers to the tape, the Makey Makey will send a signal to the computer, triggering the alarm. You could even program the computer to play sounds, display images, or even add an LED to make the snowman's eyes light up! The possibilities are as endless as a snowflake.

Remember, building a Makey Makey snowman operation game is all about having fun and letting your creativity run wild. So, gather your materials, build your snowman, and get ready for some frosty, interactive fun. It's time to let your inner mad scientist shine and create a snowman that's truly one of a kind!

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