Rethinking Pink & Blue: De-gendering Tech for Tots

Jay is part of a proposed SXSW panel. Please pop over and give it a thumbs up.

From Amazon’s recent removal of their boy and girl categories for toys, to Facebook’s redesign of their “Friend” logo to make the female and male silhouettes equal, the tech industry is in the early stages of re-examining its representations of gender. Design is often at the heart of defining these gender roles, which can begin at a young age with toys. This panel will discuss the recent movement to de-gender design in the tech world, how start-ups are leading the revolution, and why it’s good for business.


Forbes: What Cutting Edge Looks Like In A School In 2015

Jenn Choi gives Makey Makey a huge shoutout for 2015 back-to-school:

If your child’s teacher was using the Makey Makey in her classroom, consider yourself unbelievably lucky. Because Makey Makey has limitless possibilities, any teacher who has found a way to use them is likely a teacher who really knows what she’s doing.



Spanish (Dual Language) Lesson Plan

Appropriate for grade levels MS to HS

Scratch is a great platform for incorporating Makey Makey into the classroom. This lesson plan is divided for students new to Scratch and students who are more advanced in coding with Scratch. This is also a great lesson to incorporate classroom knowledge AFTER completing the Game Controller Challenge.

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Math/Science Classify and Sort Lesson Plan

Appropriate for grade levels 4th to 9th

Inspired by Makey Makey Operation game and cardboard sorting machine workshop by Jeff Branson of Sparkfun, you'll finally have a reason to make an Operation game, ahem, I mean sorting game with Makey Makey!

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Simple Circuits Challenge

Appropriate for grade levels 4th to 8th

Simple Circuit: To complete a simple circuit, you must create a loop for the electrons to flow. So you need to get power from your power source to the LED and back to the power source. If you build a successful current, your light will shine! In this lab, you will create your own simple circuits with Makey Makey and once you've mastered that, you'll move on to parallel circuits. Lastly, you'll create your own DIY switch with Makey Makey!

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Musical Water Lesson Plan

Appropriate for grade levels ES to HS (with adaptations)

Don't know coding? Want to dip your feet in the Makey Makey pool with minimal start up or fuss? Then this is the lesson for you! Let students explore soundscapes with real objects in this musical water lesson that utilizes a key mapping software called Soundplant.

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ELA Logic Puzzles Lesson Plan

Appropriate for grade levels ES-HS

With just a little programming instruction, your students will be able to incorporate real life objects with rhyming riddles to construct a logic puzzle in Scratch.

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Interactive Word Problem Posters

Appropriate for grade levels 4th to HS

Kids always struggle with word problems. Why not have them create their own word problems as an interactive poster? With Makey Makey you can help your kinesthetic learners write, answer, and share their own word problems in Scratch.

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Interactive Room Challenge

Appropriate for grade levels ES to HS

Based on the Musical Room by TedXYouth@Austin, Hackidemia, and HS students. This lesson will guide you with step by step instructions for making your classroom or library into an interactive space designed by your students!

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