Young Inventors: DIY Arcade with Makey Makey and Snap Circuits

January 30, 2023

We discovered this amazing project on Youtube and had to reach out to the young inventors to know more!

Diy arcade- click to play video

This epic Makey Makey project, features Snap Circuit buttons that send signals to Makey Makey, a Makey Makey operated coin slot, and a game coded in Java with over 1000 lines of code!

Check out the Cinco2Go video to see the project in action, prototypes for the coin slot, and learn how all of these pieces go together to make one EPIC DIY arcade!

Collin, Conner, and Caelan who run the Cinco2Go Youtube channel started tinkering with Makey Makey seven years ago. These amazing teens are homeschooled and their parents encourage them to turn everything into a learning opportunity. Their Cinco2go Youtube channel is a video history of their learning for the last five years.  

Before this project, they used Makey Makey to create a remote control out of cardboard, a dance mat, and a foot pedal made of clothespins to change the slides on a presentation about Shakespeare.

The team had a entrepreneur fair coming up and since they hadn't used Makey Makey for awhile and wanted to create something unique and different, they brainstormed and created this DIY arcade console together. Conner programmed the game, Collin created the console, and Caelan helped with voiceover work for the project.

The coolest thing about this project is they were able to combine lots of different things they'd learned: coding in Java, carpentry, Snap Circuits and Makey Makey.

Head to their Youtube channel to watch their video and subscribe to their channel.


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