Makey Makey Interactive Room Challenge Lesson Plan
By Teacher Librarian Colleen Graves
Appropriate for grade levels ES-HS
DAY 1: Inspire
1. Have students plan and design the interactive sections for your room. Brainstorm ideas and have students decide if they want the room to have musical aspects, sound effects, or a mixture of both.
2. Make sure you brainstorm ideas as a group so students can piggyback off one another's ideas. Also, a student might want to attempt an idea heard from another.
3. (Cont.) Alternatively, students can map keys by coding keys in Scratch. It's really easy. Just program the keys by recording sounds directly into Scratch or upload the sound you would like to use.
4. Connect Wires to interactive spaces designed by students
5. Have students decide if they want to create a ground (Foil hand pictured below) or make a switch.
DAY 2: Begin the interactive room transformation.
(Note: You can use one Makey Makey for multiple projects in one area. My "Interactive Column", "High Five Station", and "Book Drop Switch" all run off of one Makey Makey.)
DAY 3: Invite others to enjoy your room transformation! Then get some feedback.
Basic How to's for Rookies
How to create a switch
How to make a high five station
A high five station is created similarly to a switch. You just need one area attached to earth and another attached to the key with desired sound.
How to make an interactive sound space with Scratch
How to make an interactive drawing
Graphite is conductive! So that means you can make a pencil drawing and connect Makey Makey to different sections of your drawing. (But remember that your drawings can't connect or you'll short your circuit.
Program your room to be an immersive poetry experience for the month of April.
Have Elementary students create interactive dots for International Dot Day. Students can make dots and program Makey Makey to pencil drawings with a recording of "how students will make their mark" that plays when another student interacts with each dot.
Display books and create a switch on the book to do a book talk for students.
Have students read aloud their favorite sections of books and find a way to incorporate the recording and Makey Makey in their own way.
Celebrate diversity by displaying artifacts from different cultures for students to interact with.
Note on Standards
These lessons were developed with the idea that teachers all over the globe and a variety of grade levels could hack the lesson plan to meet their students' needs. Therefore, these are just some of the standards the lessons are based on, and not an all-inclusive list. Many of the CCSS align by grade level, so if you teach 9th grade, you could find the stair-stepped standard for CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.8.6 by looking at CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.9-10.6.
Design Thinking Principles
This lesson introduces design thinking principles for a school mindset, for more info on design thinking go to Stanford d.school or go for a crash course with d.school. Read another take on the design process from Science buddies.org.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.6-8.3: Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RST.9-10.8: Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author's claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.
MS-ETS1-1: Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
MS-ETS1-2: Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
HS-PS3-3: Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
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