Just a quick post today, and an explanation of the really awesomely amazingly cool kit I’m fundraising for. Many of you have already gotten a text or an email with a link to my Donors Choose project, but for those who haven’t, it’s Here.
So, what’s a Makey Makey and why do I want one? Or, rather, 6?
Bananas? Why did I start talking about bananas? Well, my introduction to the Makey Makey was in a podcast where the inventors talked about how they could use a Makey Makey to turn bananas into a piano. Crazy! Now, of course, there’s more to it than that, but not much more. If you want to know how it works, visit the Makey Makey website. They do a better j0b of explaining it than I ever would!
Or, watch this video:
Bananas are art?
Well, no. Unless you’re painting a picture of them, or using them to paint a picture with. But bananas- or anything that conducts electricity- can be used to build a circuit. Once kids begin playing with circuits, they will get to be comfortable with building things that run using electricity and circuits. And once they get to that point they can start making things that DO make art, or making art that moves, or who knows? The point is that we have to start somewhere, and the Makey Makey kit is a great place for us to begin.
6 Tables in my art room, 6 Makey Makey kits. That’s what I’m asking for. If I had one kit for each table, kids could work together during class to make a project. As a small group of 3-4 kids, they could all get hands on time with their project, and they would all learn how it works. After they learn how it works, we could use those kits in our Fab Lab and kids would be challenged to build and design moving, blinking, singing, things. And they could do it, because they’d all have had a chance to experiment.
It’s up to you.
So, if you’re at all interested, if I’ve gotten you curious, do check out the website and consider contributing towards our class goal. If we reach it, we’ll all go BANANAS!