Joystick Controller by Josh Burker

Build a joystick that uses the Makey Makey to control the mouse or to use with key controls in Scratch. Learn about the conductivity of different materials and how to build a switch. Build an alternate input device for a computer. Control the cursor or objects on the screen with your invention.

Game Controller Guide

Head to Instructables to follow Josh Burker's joystick guide!


Time Investment
1-2 hours


  • Makey Makey Classic
  • Glass marble
  • Aluminum foil
  • Solid hookup wire 22 gauge
  • Wire snips/strippers
  • Chopstick
  • Copper tape with conductive adhesive (available in Invention Booster Pack)
  • Makey Makey “Simple Box ” -or a similar box
  • Paper towel cardboard tube
  • Permanent pen
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Awl (the tool on a pocketknife or multi-tool designed to poke holes in material)
  • Masking tape
  • Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
  • Alligator clips
  • Short white wires from Makey Makey kit


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