We are so excited to introduce our newest class of Global Makey Makey Ambassadors! We love seeing passionate maker educators spreading around the globe from Fiji to Iraq to Tennessee!
Without further ado... Meet our new ambassadors and check out their Instructables guides!
Nadia was recently in the states and she is bringing Makey Makey back to Iraq to introduce making to teachers there. She's an avid Scratcher that is going to begin leading our Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop in Iraq.
Amber has trained teachers using our Invention Literacy workshop format for two years! She loves inspiring teachers with the infinite possibilities of creating inventions using Makey Makey. She's seen teachers come in with little creative confidence, yet walk out of a workshop saying, "Woohoo! I can't believe I made something today!"
Makey Makey Classroom Assistant
Makey your own classroom assistant that will offer directions, questions, and/or advice for students in a classroom.
Kimberly has been an integral part of our community for YEARS! We love seeing how she integrates Makey Makey into her elementary classroom. She shared this lovely sentiment with us about our little invention kit.
You might know Brent as the "Surfing Scratcher- Teacher, surfer, programmer" He's a pretty rad dude that who has set a standard in his life to bring value to others! One way he does that is through direct video instruction and coding experiences. He shares tutorials weekly on his site and Youtube. He wants to empower the everyday educator to integrate digital technology into their environments so that they can spark the next wave of legends.
Makey Makey Graphite Drawing Instructions
You may have made a cardboard guitar before, but have you ever made one where you can adjust the pitch and rock out like a rockstar?
We just love Kathleen! She's a staple in the Scratch and Makey Makey community. To be honest, she's been an ambassador at heart since she learned about us! We love how Kathleen shares her love of Makey Makey at home, at school, at conferences, the public library, district-wide PD and more! She even promotes Makey Makey to other Scratchers through the ScratchPals site.
This is one of the best projects hands down for creating an authentic way to integrate Makey Makey into almost any research project!
We met Rebecca just one year ago! She learned about Makey Makey from fellow ambassador Julie Kuzma and they asked us a simple question that led to quite a story! They wanted to light Christmas lights for a winter production. IT's best if you hear this from Rebecca's own voice!
"When I was introduced to Makey Makey a year ago, I had no clue the impact it would have on the way I taught - or the way my students learned. The diversity of the tool is unmatched. Students began touching it and making their work come to life through sounds and movements. Behaviors that had once stood in front of learning were completely eliminated. But more than anything that I don't think I could have done without the Makey Makey, is made one child believe in himself enough to leave his dream of being a cook at a local restaurant to hopefully become a computer programmer. He saw his potential when he modeled this tool for his peers. He made Christmas Lights come to life - and I don't think I would pick another company that has a bigger heart for learning and students than that of Joy Labz."
This house mashup is so fun! Build a house with LEGO, program it's lights and more!
We just adore this mashup with two of our favorite tools, cardboard and Chibitronics!
Helen is a maker educator in Australia that is already creating and sharing Makey Makey with her students, other teachers and beyond! She even inspired us to take our Doll-E 1.0 project and make it even more centered on Design thinking and empathy. Check out her guide here.
We met Julie last year through Josh Ajima (of Design Make Teach fame) when Colleen led area STEM integrationists through some beginning Makey Makey activities. Since then, Julie began building a Makerspace program with a class kit of Makey Makey. Working with all K-5 classrooms, she needed to find a way to connect this box of wires to the state curriculum. It began with lighting up Christmas trees and has progressed beyond all that could be imagined. As Julie puts it:
"Collaboratively working with educators in my building and county, we have built lesson plans that have included required skills and computer standards to produce alternative assessments. While working in groups, students have developed relationships, handled challenges both personal and academic and found new ways to reach the assigned goal."
Fraser has been passionate about spreading the love of Makey Makey in Scotland for the last couple of years! He is always sharing genius and fun ideas on Twitter and now on Instructables. He uses Makey Makey at school and his Coder Dojo! He loves adding physical computing activities to teach core concepts in CS and he finds Makey Makey provides an accessible way to do this. He is a huge advocate of creativity and physical computing in secondary schools in Scotland.
Things I do: Flappy Drone in early testing. Flapping their arms closes a conductive fabric circuit through @makeymakey and controls the drone through a @scratch extension on the laptop. Code changes coming: needs more forward motion! #WearableTech #FlappyBird #MakerEd pic.twitter.com/Ju2dgL7bjj— Fraser McKay (@mrmckaycomp) April 14, 2019
He's hoping to deliver external STEM CPD for primary and secondary teachers in Scotland soon!
What could be more fun that using your feet for Math week?
Frazer is an amazing after school educator that we featured on the blog last school year! As a practicing artist and educator he utilizes Makey Makey in a variety of scenarios, from exhibition work in galleries to creating engaging learning environments in educational settings. You'll have to check out this amazing wind chimes project!
Professor Minaudo is an Italian Teacher specializing in new technologies and is very passionate about coding ( he's even written a book on computing in education!) He researches and collaborates with the University in Palermo, Italy. He's one of the first to introduce Makey Makey in his country by sharing ideas and resources with other passionate teachers. He hopes to translate more and more projects into the Italian language which will offer the opportunity for many students in Italy to experiment and develop new learning.
Bradley is another one of those educators who stands out because he is everywhere doing all the things! We are honored to say we've met him in person and we are so proud of all the work he's done with Kimberly Boyce in Houston, Texas and around the world! In his own words.
"Makey Makey is a central element in my STEM lab, and I evangelize for it whenever I get the chance. Over the last 4 years, as I have built the STEM program, the Makey Makey has been at the center of many of my students’ best learning experiences. I love that this simple, yet powerful device, supports every student’s creative interests. I love that the final “wiring” must be done by the students, encouraging them to practice algorithmic thinking as they connect, test, and debug their “switches”. I love the physical computing experiences Makey Makey gives younger students, which prepares them to work with Micro:bit and Raspberry Pi later in elementary. Finally, I love the community of educators that exists around the Makey Makey. I am indebted to so many people (both at Joy Labz and in my PLN at large) for their inspiration, support, and encouragement, all of which have helped me to bring deeper and more engaging learning experiences to my students. I want to be an ambassador because I want to be a part of getting Makey Makey into more students’ hands."
Teach your kids more about circuits and learn more about them in the process with this "All About Me" project by Bradley Quentin!
Verónica also works with SpaceTechies (alongside Diego mentioned above.) She is active at introducing new technologies and methodologies to educators in Spain!
Barb is part of Fair Chance Learning, a company in Canada that makes connections between educators and industry and leads professional learning to empower educators to embed tech in rich and meaningful ways. She's already an official Training Partner, so we are so happy to have her join the Ambassador Program!
This is such a fun way to help young students learn how to use and count change!
Nathan is a middle school librarian that knows how to "Make It...Awesome!" No but seriously, he has a maker program in his school dedicated to blending art with science and bringing all types of learners together so that they can express themselves in a new way with a new tool. He believes that Makey Makey is a highly accessible tool that when combined with Scratch, allows many pathways to student expression and learning. He sees Makey Makey as a mash-up of hilarious learning and weird science.
"Each time I use Makey Makey, I watch a barrier fall between a student's belief that technology is challenging and complicated and see it replaced with the understanding that is can be fun and creative. This happens with pencil drawings of game controllers to talking blackout poetry."
We've seen talking books before, but never an entire talking book cart! This is such a fun way to promote the love of reading!
Robert is an MIT grad that is devoting his "mid-life" (as he puts it) to encouraging kids in STEAM. Makey Makey has allowed Robert to share his interests in programing and design with students and parents and teachers as he believes our little invention kit is a great device for any age. He teaches annual workshops through LifeThruTech and Construct Learning.
"Every time I work with Makey Makey, I am overjoyed to have some link back to MIT via Scratch and Makey Makey, while sharing this with students, and providing the space to create."
This Drumpad project takes your Makey Makey to the next level! Code your own midi!
Elena is coordinating the STEAM project at her school, but also trains teachers and uses Makey Makey with students of all ages! She's also been developing eTwinning projects where different schools from different countries around Europe (Italy, Spain...) have gathered together to create projects using the Makey Makey. Make sure you check out her Instructables! She has created some magical projects for your students to try out!
"Every time I share Makey Makey with a group of teachers and they start saying "It's magic", it makes me remind why I'm using it... It is MAGIC! :)"
Elena does an excellent job of sharing how to start a Genius Hour in your own school in this Instructable!
This is an absolutely fabulous lesson that focuses on empathy-based design. Toni's thought of everything to help you guide your students through the design thinking process!