Interactive Drawing Challenge

Create an interactive drawing that teaches something! Take this quick design challenge to teach us about anything you are passionate about. Connect your drawing to our Makey Makey Sampler app to plug and play, or code your drawings to speak with Scratch!

Design Challenge

Create an interactive drawing that will teach something. You can teach us about anything you are passionate about! 


  1. Assign a minimum of three sounds to three keys on your keyboard
  2. Connect your Makey Makey and your drawing to control those sounds. Your materials for this project are paper and pencil.
  3. Record Audio on our Sampler App or Code sounds in Scratch.

Drawing Tips


  • Make separate drawings for each soundbite
  • Make your drawings dark and thick to optimize them for Makey Makey.
  • Draw to the edge of your paper.
  • Draw a wider line at the edge of your paper for the alligator clip to clip onto.

Some Inspiration from our Invention Literacy Workshops 

Example #1:

A science teacher drew the solar system in the "Sketch It Play It" exercise and then downloaded the sounds of each planet (yes, planets make sounds!) and then assigned those sounds to various keys on the keyboard using Scratch.

     Example #2:

    Geometric shape identifier. This project makes creative use of the "earth" (ground). Using one finger the user is able to operate this project.

    Example #3:

    Find the missing letter.


    Example #4:

    Yoda speaks!

    Recording Audio on Makey Makey Sampler

    Plug and Play with our Sampler

    Recording Audio with our Sampler

    If you are recording poetry, make sure your voice matches the mood and tone of the poem you are sharing. Practice what you will record multiple times before recording. 

    You can record your voice samples in our Sampler app and connect straight to Makey Makey for a plug and play experience!!

    Click on the microphone to record. Press and hold to record. (You have a limit of five seconds)


    Press to test your sample, and click on the sound wave to trim.

    Name your sample and save it to the library. (It will only be stored for this session, so if you like all your recordings and want to use them again. Make sure to export your sample pack once you have all your samples recorded and placed on the sampler. (Video tutorial) 

    Place all your recordings on the sampler where you want each Makey Makey input to play.

    Then Export your sample pack.

    Save the exported sample pack to your drive our Google Drive and then you can upload your sample pack when you are ready to plug it to your poster.

    Exporting and Importing Sample Packs


    Recording and Coding in Scratch

    For this challenge you’ll use the free Scratch ( programming language. With Scratch you can program your own interactive stories, games, and animations — and share your creations with others in the online community. Scratch helps young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for life in the 21st century. Scratch is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge.

    Scratch Layout


    Use Scratch to "map" a new sound to your computer's keyboard keys.

    People love to use Makey Makey and Scratch to create custom sound effects! In fact, the piano app on our webpage is based on a Scratch piano

    To add more sounds to your project, click on the "Sounds" tab where you can choose a sound from the Scratch library, record your own sound, or upload a mp3 or wav file to use in your project.

    Once you add a sound, you can find it in the "play sound until done" or "start sound" blocks. Try adding both sound blocks to see how they are different.  


      Using the Sound Library in Scratch

      access the pre-recorded audio library found in Scratch 3.0 and then quickly and easily import those sounds into your project.


      Time Investment
      30 min- 1 hr




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