New Project November: High Five Messages

November 14, 2022

It's New Project November! Every week in November we are sharing new projects to try with your Makey Makey Invention Kit. Share your own ideas on social with #NewProjectNovember

There is nothing like a little affirmation! You can make these high five hands so easily with tin foil and Makey Makey! Touch the hand to hear great high five messages. Your human hand bridges the circuit which sends a signal to the computer that the space key was pressed.

Wearable Pat on the Back Coat

You could even create this project on a coat using the materials from the Craft + Code Booster kit


Scratch Coding

Record sounds in Scratch by opening a new project and clicking on the Sounds Tab. Choose the microphone from the sound library and record as many affirmations as you would like!

 Then trigger an event by putting the "When key pressed" hat in your workspace. To make the space key trigger an event, attach the "Play sound" block to the "When Key pressed" hat. Inside the "Play Sound" block, grab a "Play random" reporter and place it inside the "Play Sound" block.


Here is a free template to print and challenge your students to create their own high five message project!

High five hand template

A Handy Community Project

Here is a different way to look at using a hand print! This amazing project was designed and implemented at the Friends School in Philadelphia, PA. The students were given a "Project LEO" challenge (LEO = Love Each Other) with the goal being to enhance community and connection among students at the school. The central staircase was turned into an interactive experience using the Makey Makey ( The first handprint at the bottom of the staircase was designated as "earth" (ground) and then each successive handprint going up the staircase was assigned to a different input on the Makey Makey which correlated to a pop music song with a theme of love and connection (using Scratch coding).

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