Milford Makey Makey

Milford Elementary held a “Celebration of Learning” assembly last week on Friday, February 16, 2018, during which students presented what they have been learning with Makey Makey. Makey Makey is an interactive tool that creates external keyboards through anything conductive. Things such as foil and water can be used to create these full circuits. Mr. Miller, 4th grade teacher at Milford, worked with 2nd and 4th grade students at Milford for 2 weeks on their creative Makey Makey presentations.

“I presented them with the challenge and they ran with it. Some students made interactive drawings, some made their own controllers with play-dough, and some even used water to play music.” -Craig Miller, 4th Grade Teacher at Milford Elementary.

Students and staff were all amazed when the different groups presented a play-dough keyboard that was used to type and play Tetris! One student was even wearing foil on her wrists to conduct electricity through a chain of students holding hands! Great job Milford Lakers!

“Originally created as an academic and artistic project by two MIT students, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, the Makey Makey was produced by research done at MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten. Prior to creating the Makey Makey, Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum also worked on creative tools and invention kits such as Drawido, Singing Fingers, and Scratch.

The first prototype for Makey Makey was created in 2010 and tested at a workshop at San Francisco Exploratorium where participants used the product to create a game called “Drum Pants” that used a beach ball as a controller and water buckets as the foot-pads to play the console game, Dance Dance Revolution. The Second Prototype was created in 2011 and 2012 and tested with interactive design specialists, after which the final prototype was tested at the Maker Faire in San Francisco in 2012 before the end of the Kickstarter campaign.”

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