One of our new resources in the STEAM room is two Makey Makey kits.
The kit is an electronic invention tool and toy that allows users to connect everyday objects to computer programs. Using a circuit board, alligator clips, and a USB cable, the kit uses closed loop electrical signals to send the computer either a keyboard stroke or mouse click signal. This function allows the Makey Makey to work with any computer program or webpage since all computer programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse click inputs.
This kit allows the children to build and create different objects and then bring them to life. For example, build a drum kit in Art in the classroom and then, using Makey Makey, turn it into a drum that plays music.
The opportunities are endless with this new resource.