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Makey Your Own Interactive Exit Ticket with Scratch and Makey Makey

September 07, 2018

Updated October 16th to include the community's exit tickets!

First: We Were Challenged to Makey Makey

Last week our content creator, Colleen Graves, was challenged on Twitter to Makey Makey a version of this informal exit rating system found in the Toronto International airport.

Seizing this design thinking moment to create something that fulfills a real need for teachers, Colleen set out to create two different systems. 

Second: Design Thinking in Action

One system is for librarians to track how many students come to the library by grade level:

The other system is for teachers to get a pulse on how students feel about a lesson.

You can find the full guide for making your own in Labz. (It's free and you don't even have to sign in to access it.)

Third: An Exporting Data Hack from Simon Fittock

Our friend Simon Fittock, a teacher turn professional learning consultant who is working for an organization called Scitech in Perth, Western Australia shared a great hack to export this all of this data to a Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet.

We thought Scitech sounded like a really cool STEM environment and so we asked him about it. Simon says, "the focus of the organization is to increase participation and attainment levels in STEM and 21st Century Learning capabilities for school students all over the state. We provide professional learning for schools and teachers and showcase the most engaging, educational technology which can be used in schools." 

How cool is that? It was awesome of him to share this idea for exporting data from Scratch.

Here are his steps for creating the exit ticket feedback system in Scratch and exporting the data to an Excel spreadsheet:

  • With the Scratch project, I found out that you have to use a list instead of a set of variables (Scratch List). After you have the data in the list, right click on the list (in the Stage which has to be open in the ‘See inside’ function of the project) and export it as a .txt file. 

  • In Excel, create a new document, go to Data>Get Data>From File>From Text/CSV (Excel1) and choose the .txt file which you exported from Scratch.
  • After you have imported the data, right click on the file reference in the Query toolbar, click Edit (Excel2), change the data type to Whole number so it recognizes the data as a number instead of a string (Excel3).
  • Select the data and click on Insert>Bar Graph (Excel4). To refresh the data (if you add more values in scratch, then export it again to the same file location with the same file name) click the Refresh icon (white page with green circular arrows) and the data and graph will automatically update (Excel5).

What you CREATED!

We challenged our community to make "Exit Ticket systems" based on this idea of creating of an exit ticket/data tracker/feedback system.

Students and teachers created switches like the ones in our guide, invented their own, and others found creative ways to create a Makey Makey Exit Ticket project.

Here are some of our favorite examples!

Maker Educator Kimberly Boyce @PineyElem. Check out her exit ticket below and her blog here

Keara made and implemented her informal exit ticket to assess her student's knowledge.

Michael Fricano led a workshop and had groups of students create voting machines. They turned out awesome! 

    Aaron Graves the co-author of the 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius even added a counting system for the amount of books checked out by students.

      Sine Lab in () made an example on their Pi-Top!


      Ben Waits of Cannon Elementary School put everything together in one place and made a nice single connected EARTH. 


      Some of our favorite makers over at UNCG even designed a polling system for teachers to collect info on student learning styles at the beginning of a school year!

      Those that entered the challenge:

      • Created a Makey Makey exit ticket that uses a counter in Scratch. 
      • Shared their work on this guide or on Twitter using the hashtag #makeymakeychallenge.

      We are mailing some awesome Makey Makey swag to Michael Fricano's students and Ben Waits for his innovative remake of the switches. (Swag includes but is not limited to: stickers, a super cool t-shirt, and posters.) 

      Makey Your Own

      The monthly challenge is over, but you and your students can still create your own Makey Makey Exit ticket polling project. Poll your friends about their favorite pizza toppings, create surveys about favorite books, or have students track their own learning.

      We wanna see what you come up with and make!

      Add you or your students' work to the gallery of this guide and share your project on Twitter using the hashtag #makeymakeychallenge.

      If you or your students get stuck, here are some ways to collaboratively problem solve:

      Makey On!


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