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Earlier this month I led a Makey Makey certification workshop for educators and makers in downtown Dallas at a hip new makerspace called Mess Labs.

It was a jam packed day of learning about Makey Makey, circuits, and invention literacy. For the better part of the morning, participants explored how Makey Makey worked, hacked poetry, and invented switches. (See inventive switches in ‘Gram below.)

Demo or Die Design Challenge

However, one of the most awesome things that came from this workshop, was seeing tables work and learn together and build their own table community. Because of this full day of learning together, in the afternoon when it came time for the design challenge where makers had to follow the design process to invent something helpful…. well…. you’ll have to see for yourself! Groups had less than an hour to identify a problem, ideate solutions, and create a prototype. I was WOWED by their work and I hope you are too!

Table Group 1: Inspired by IDEO design Process

During our Demo or Die portion of #MakeyMakey these teachers made a "PLB Personalized Learning Board" #inventionliteracy

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Table Group 2: Inspired by communication boards for special needs students

Kindergarten communication board by #makers during #MakeyMakey workshop!

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Table Group 3: Inspired by “misuse” of fidget spinners

The #makeymakey helping hand let's students light a switch to tell a teacher they need help! #makered

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Table Group 5: To help a four year old

#designthinking at its finest. "How can my 4 year old turn on a light. " #MakeyMakey #makered

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Table Group 6: Inspired by child safety!

This group made a child safety alarm! #MakeyMakey #makered

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Table Group 7: Inspired to combine literature and Makey Makey

This #awesome teacher made me a book during the demo or die portion of the Makey Makey certification workshop ! #makered #makeymakey

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Excited about Makey Makey madness? Want to get your own students #beyondthebanana ? There are five more days left in the #evilmakeybook giveaway! Go to this blog post for details!


#evilmakeybook and #makeymakey Giveaway!

20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius is out! It is in full glorious color and in it we share fun project ideas on how to integrate lots of maker tools for your physical computing whims. We hope you have fun taking our ideas further with the ultimate digital duct-tape – the MAKEY MAKEY! To celebrate, Aaron and I are going to giveaway not one, not two, but THREE signed copies of our books and some Makey Makey swag! 🙂

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To win the giveaway all you have to do is share this post and make a comment on this blog post about how you hope to take Makey Makey #beyondthebanana this school year. Our book is written with makers in mind, so you do not have to be a teacher or museum educator to qualify. Anyone can make cool stuff with Makey Makey! 🙂

3 Giveaway Prizes:

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(Sorry folks, US shipping only.)

Reminder of Entry Rules:

  1. Follow and share this blog. (Share anyway you want. Email, Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
  2. Comment on THIS post about your plans to Makey Makey #beyondthebanana for the upcoming school year (or maker year if you feel so inclined…..)
  3. Read the next blog so you can see if you’ve won and find out how to get your Makey Makey swag mailed to ya!

Giveaway ends July 31st at midnight. Winners will be randomly selected and announced via blog post on August 1st so make sure you follow the blog to see if you’ve won!

P.s. Here’s a free project idea from the book!