Young students Making Meaning using Makey Makeys
Playing the “playdough piano”
Good speakers are key for using makey makeys in a loud class!
Rocking out to Billie Jean: Getting the beat just right is highly entertaining and motivating.
Students figure out how things work by playing with them & developing theories.
“It doesn’t work…”
“Because we don’t have the bracelet!” (the ‘grounding’ wire)
Students jump on an aluminum foil ‘Dance Floor’ and Makey Makey to play Super Mario Bros and build perseverance and confidence.
“I did it without falling!”
Students then play with their older buddies and learn more about electricity and conductivity: by holding the alligator clips, we are conductive and can become the piano, too!
A HUMAN PIANO?!
Exploring and learning about electricity, energy, sound, conductivity and circuits is fun with Makey Makeys! Learning from older buddies is helpful and motivating, and older buddies have the opportunity to explain their thinking. Both groups are co-constructing their understanding.