Makey Makey Operation Guide by Josh Burker

Use a Makey Makey, Scratch, and some recycled materials to create your ownOperation game! Remove the patient’s bones and organs without touching thesides! Difficulty: Though involved, this is a simple project. The photos for this tutorialshow fifth graders building the games. They had some help from an adult with theX-Acto knife.

Original Operation Guide by Josh Burker

Here is the original guide (gdoc or pdf) by Josh Burker for building your own Operation game!


Time Investment
1-2 hrs


  • Makey Makey Classic
  • Alligator Clips
  • A computer running Scratch
  • Chopsticks
  • Electrical wire (I used telephone wire)
  • Cardboard box, like an upcycled cereal box or laptop box
  • A sheet of cardboard cut from a different cardboard box
  • Acrylic paint
  • Sharpee pen
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • X-Acto knife
  • Copper tape with conductive adhesive or aluminum foil and a glue stick
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Sugru or modeling clay that cures and hardens


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