3 Ways to Makey Makey a Floor Piano

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.

 

Head to the Labz Guide!

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!

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Kits, Making, and Tinkering: Convo with a Klatch of Makers

A few weeks ago, I noticed a tweet from Amos Blanton of LEGO, that intrigued me and reminded me of something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Here’s his tweet.

What I liked about it this is that it ties in nicely with the thought of “maker fluency” and “invention fluency.” One can only begin to get really innovative with making and creating if they are given TIME to create. Just as one must cook a lot to bake great things, our students need to make things A LOT to build their invention fluency.

Also, we as teachers (and learners) we need to be making things a lot too. And let our students see us making things AND running into problems, researching, brainstorming, etc. So I posted this sub tweet:

What followed beyond that was a lively discussion on kits, what makes a kit, what is the difference between a “open ended kit” and a “one and done kit.”

We really got into thinking about some of the things we call kits and asked if we should consider some of these “kits” instead as “tools” or “materials.”

The conversation grew and expanded. The thoughts were getting too big for 140 characters. Then Bud Hunt, posted this:

The concepts and conversation continued to grow. In fact, Bud ended up writing a whole post about boundaries, constraints, and kits which made me (and the others) want to continue our convo and unpack these ideas in a slightly more formal setting.

We found a time when we can all chat. Thanks to Mark Schreiber of Year in the Making, you can eavesdrop while this lively klatch of educators talk about: kits, tinkering, and making.

The Full Klatch

  • Moderator: Stephanie Chang of Maker Ed
  • Host: Mark Schreiber of Year in the Making
  • Panelist: Amos Blanton of LEGO Foundation
  • Panelist: Colleen Graves -of Makey Makey/Joy Labz
  • Panelist: Katie Henry of Bird Brain Technology /Hummingbird Robotics
  • Panelist: Peter Hoh Creator of Tool Lending Library and Awesome Maker Educator
  • Panelist: Karen Wilkinson of The Tinkering Studio
  • Panelist Bud Hunt of Clearview Library District and Amazing Maker Educator

Watch the archived video here:

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