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Making MakeyMakey instruments designed and prototyped by students #makeymakey #makeymakeymonday

Making musical instruments with MakeyMakey Flickr Photo Sharing

Giles Booth lead a class where his students designed and prototyped a few striking MaKey MaKey instruments!

Today, in groups of 6 they had to vote for the best design to go forward to the prototyping stage. We made mock-ups so children could experiment with different materials and get a grasp on the need to make a complete circuit, have buttons we could clip a MakeyMakey onto, and ensure the wiring for each button didn’t short.

We had a LOT of guitars in the original design, so I encouraged them to diversify, and we now have 2 guitars, a drum machine and this rather amazing saxophone. [Above.]

The earth is the mouthpiece made of tin foil. You then press the foil buttons to play the sax – we wired it up to a sax on GarageBand, and it worked!

At the end of the lesson, I asked the children to think about what they’d learnt from the prototyping process. Various things, from using stronger materials, to putting the buttons closer together so it’s possible to play chords more easily….

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DT lesson making musical instruments with MakeyMakey Flickr Photo Sharing

DT lesson making musical instruments with MakeyMakey Flickr Photo Sharing

DT lesson making musical instruments with MakeyMakey Flickr Photo Sharing

DT lesson making musical instruments with MakeyMakey Flickr Photo Sharing

DT lesson making musical instruments with MakeyMakey Flickr Photo Sharing


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