Oh my goodness! I can’t believe I forgot to share this guide!
I made this for my job over at Makey Makey and it’s a fun way to start thinking about how you are completing a circuit when creating a Makey Makey piano. So move that bunch of bananas, get out your HVAC tape, and let’s make some oversized pianos.
Behind the scenes info:
This piano guide took me a couple of weeks to build! I had to build it wrong three times to figure out the best and easiest way to replicate a full scale piano with sharps included. Plus, after I was completely done, I was in love with the movable piano. So I built another one on a yoga mat and now I can take it with me wherever I go! The yoga mat build is so easy and will only take you about 30 minutes to build!
I love that my maker friends around the world are starting to make their own pianos and even remixing it! Plus, Meredith over at Geeky Teach even made her own tutorial!
Bonus: This project was even featured on the home page over at Instructables!
So how will you build a floor piano? Share your ideas in the comments or send me links to your creations!
Since I started at JoyLabz creating content, I’ve been super busy! I wanted to post some of the resources I’ve made.
Gigantic Makey Makey
One of my most favorite things I’ve made in the last month is this gigantic playable Makey Makey. I can’t believe I never thought to make one before! I saw an example by Jen Gilbert at ISTE and another on the Makey Makey Educators Facebook group by Jason Quail of Amazeum. I just knew this had to be my first tutorial now that I’m part of the Joy Labz team. Find the Instructables here.
Controlling a Mouse Click in Scratch
This was a quick and short tutorial in controlling a mouse click in Scratch! The full guide is here.
Simple Circuits Challenge – Updated
I’ve learned a lot about electronics and circuits since I wrote the lessons for Makey Makey in 2015. So I’ve decided to update each lesson. It was really fun to update this simple circuit lesson and think about how I can push students and teachers to get inventive with materials.
Kid Friendly Alligator Clips
I’ve been sitting on this idea for awhile! It was fun to share this simple hack about how to make a kid-friendly alligator clip with a clothespin.
All ya need is a clothespin and some conductive tape!
Hack #1: Here is the full video of how to make one.
Hack #2: This hack uses a clothespin to make a conductivity tester. You actually wire EARTH and a key press on one clothespin for this one. The full lesson idea is in Labz and includes a Scratch game and both clothespin hacks.
Micro:bit and Makey Makey
I always think mashing up resources makes more sense than choosing one over the other. So I decided to challenge myself to use Micro:bit and Makey Makey together. Thanks to Scratch 3, I was able to control the Micro:bit with Makey Makey and bananas !
Getting started with Physical Computing
Last but most definitely not least! I was able to spend an hour with my good buddy Mark Schreiber talking about physical computing. I ended up writing one massive blog post of resources. You can find that here.
I’ve been working on a lot! But will always take suggestions and make your suggestions if it makes sense! What Makey Makey resources are you wishing for?