Dr. Eric Langhorst
8th Grade U.S. History, Broadcasting, Technology Teacher

What is a Makey Makey?

Intro Video to Makey Makey

Jay Silver, Inventor of MakeyMakey, TED Talk 2013

What is conductive?

What types of games and apps can I use with MakeyMakey?

(The following list is from the MakeyMakey.com website)

Play some bongo drums with the space bar and left arrow. Turn anything into a drum!

A piano designed for MaKey MaKey. Play a melody with the arrow keys and space bar (and click, too).

A sampling synth for MaKey MaKey. Record your own sound, use preset scales, and set the keys to play just the notes you want.

This is a running game, with just one button: press the space bar to jump, or invent your own way.

 Scratch Piano
This is a piano you can play with the arrow keys. It was created using Scratch, an easy-to-use graphical programming language, so you can remix it and make your own version.

You can play this Tetris game with the arrow keys... or make your own custom controller.

 Sound Effects
This page turns your keyboard into a sound effects machine. By connecting to the letters on the back of your MaKey MaKey, you can create your own way to trigger sounds.

 Flash Flash Revolution
Make your own pads so you can play this dancing game with your feet instead of the arrow keys... or invent a totally new way to play.

 Chamber Music Piano
You can play 10 different notes on this piano (using w, a, s, d, f, left, up, right, down and space). Play along with the video for a piano duet!

Scratch is an easy way to code your own Makey Makey project. Here is a collection of Scratch projects made for Makey Makey. Here is a two-page PDF intro to Scratch and MaKey MaKey, and here is a PDF with Scratch music tips and tricks.

Makey Makey Projects From My Classroom
(my students get all the credit for these, my students are amazing!)

Finding Examples of Projects From Others

Minecraft Bow

Sword Fight With Points

Interactive Chairs with Music

Car Timer

Homemade Jeopardy Game Controller with Makey Makey (instructions in description of video on YouTube)

Makey Makey Resources


Advanced Makey Makey Hacks

  • Note - I have seen some recent discussion online that only Makey Makey versions prior to 1.2 are able to be programed with Arduino