Mexicali Invention Challenge

In February, Tom & Liam (the Makey Makey Education team) travelled to Mexicali, the capital of Baja California, Mexico, to teach a workshop to elementary school teachers and makerspace volunteers. The Workshop was hosted at el Garage Makerspace at the Universidad 16 de Septiembre. The workshop was organized with support from the US Consulate in Tijuana keen to promote STEM educational initiatives in Mexican schools.

After the training, El Garage continued hosting Makey Makey teacher trainings for educators in Baja. Teachers who attended the workshops then used Makey Makeys with their classes in a design challenge organized by el Garage Makerspace.

The Makey Makey design competition wrapped up in Mexicali on Friday March 24th. Tom & Liam inspired 10 teams and projects with their workshop. According to the event organizer Preeti Shah, “each of them was fantastic.”

The Makey Makey invention competition had a panel of five judges, who toured the projects awarding a winner and a runner up. “Without Tom and Liam’s enthusiastic support," Preeti points out, "and willingness to come to Mexicali, we wouldn’t have had such a great turnout and program.”

Many of the final inventions addressed particular problems, others were interactive teaching tools. Preeti notes that “it was wonderful to see the creativity and energy with which the kids approached the design of their projects, and we were very happy to see the results.”

The winning teacher received a scholarship to the Institute of the Americas STEM teacher training camp this summer where she can build on the skills and ideas introduced by the Makey Makey Education team in February.