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Can you play Pacman using Play-Doh?

Or piano on a Banana?

Yes, you can.

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit that lets you turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It’s a simple invention kit for beginners and experts doing art, engineering, and everything inbetween.

We started by looking at what happens when you press a key on a keyboard, and how the computer knows what you’ve just pressed. We were then introduced to the MaKey Makey which, as you can see from the picture above, looks a bit like a game controller. By connecting anything that that is able to conduct just a small amount of current, you can turn it into a button that when touched makes the computer think you’ve just pressed a button on the keyboard.

To play PacMan all you need to use are the Up, Down, Left and Right keys to move him around the maze.

Perfect. In our teams we set about investigating which materials we could use to make our controller, and then started designing and making them before trying them out. Once back together, we tried each one out by having a quick game on the big screen. Play-Doh, direction buttons drawn on paper, our classmates hands (!) and controllers made from clay were all tested out and worked superbly. We may need a bit more practice on PacMan though. TopTip: Google the word ‘PacMan’ for a quick game.

Follow Up Exercise

Well done Year 6. I’m really impressed with what you created in a short space of time. Now, why not see what else you can come up with?

Take a look at the MaKey MaKey website where you will find loads of different ideas and videos of other creations. If you can find a website or game you can play on the internet that does something when you press a key on the keyboard, then you can make a controller that will do it instead. Bring them in and we can try them out in the classroom. And, as always, if you need any help just ask me.

Mr Oakley  🙂

One Comment

  1. james obboye
    Posted 7 December, 2015 at 6:19 pm | #

    It is so cool

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