Introducing the STEM Pack

Classroom Invention Literacy Kit

We're launching this giant new box of Makey Makeys; perfect for classrooms, museums, homeschools, workshop teachers, and anyone else that wants all their Makey Makeys in a really nicely organized briefcase - the distillation of 12 Makey Makeys and 12 booster packs with some extra parts for when you want to invent something even bigger.

The Makey Makey STEM Pack contains 12 Makey Makey Classics, 12 alligator clips 6ft, 12 connector wires 6ft, 72 extra alligator clips, 144 connector wires for the back, 12 Makey Makey optimized conductive graphite pencils, and a super cool case to keep it all tidy.


Each of the 12 Makey Makeys has its own box that comes out of the case containing the Makey Makey, USB cable, 7 alligator clips, 6 connector wires, and how-to booklet.

The STEM pack comes at a time when we're expanding the resources available to teachers that bring Makey Makey into their classrooms. We're finding teachers across subjects use Makey Makey to create physical interfaces to all kinds of work being done on computers, from hacking poetry to sculpting the digestive system to exploring art history, not to mention game design and circuitry.

We've created Makey Makey Labz, a platform for people to share project guides and lesson plans. We're training partners at science centers to give Makey Makey teacher trainings. And now, a Makey Makey STEM pack to tie it all together. We can't wait to see what the teachers and students of the world invent next!

The Makey Makey STEM pack will be available soon. Sign up for our newsletter to get notified when it launches.


Our Trip to SXSW

Once a year the Makey Makey family travels from all our respective corners of the world and we meet up for a big reunion - this year we got together down in Austin for SXSW. We did last year, too. Read about that here.

We missed most of the music, but we made it to edu and create.
Read all about it. . . .


SXSWedu

Reaching 95% Invention Literacy

Jay was the first to arrive. He came early to hold a core conversation with our friend Colleen Graves at edu. A core convo is a socratic style seminar where the hosts, Colleen and Jay, ask questions of the audience and facilitate a conversation. It turned into a great session with voices from all over the place - voices you can here on the soundcloud link up there. Note that some people don't talk into the microphone so there are some weird silences in the recording.

Colleen wrote a great post with her reflections on the session that you can find here on her blog.

You can also watch parts of the session filmed live on Periscope and Facebook.


The World Needs More Inventors, Starting with Kids

Liam joined our friends Danielle Applestone and Emily Pilloton on a panel discussion on the role of invention in the world today and the world of the future. If you can make it through the long drawn out description of a mountain dulcimer, the rest of the panel is quite good.


SXSW Create

As SXSWedu came to a close the rest of the team came down to Austin to setup for SXSW Create - the Maker part of SXSW.

We set up some demos - including the classic banana piano, operation game, and Dave's favorite, the musical forest! You can find the script we used for the musical forest here makeymakey.com/plants.

We ate tacos every day, had some great barbecue, and celebrated Mariel's birthday! Happy birthday, Mars!

Colleen and Aaron Graves came by our booth and set up a really cool Makey Makey GO project called Lemon Squeezy from their upcoming book 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius.

The team picture we took with help from our neighbors at the exhibitor center, Nifty! They came all the way from Japan with these giant Big Face Boxes - find a guide for creating your own in English and Japanese here.

We had a great time. Thanks Austin!


From top, photos by Tom Heck, Colleen Graves, Mindy Ahrens


Workshop at el Garage


Last week Tom & Liam travelled to Mexicali, the capitol of Baja California, Mexico, to teach a workshop to elementary school teachers and makerspace volunteers at el Garage Makerspace at the Universidad 16 de Septiembre. The workshop was organized with support from the US Consulate in Tijuana who's promoting STEM educational initiatives in Mexican schools.

Preeti Shah from the US Consulate

The workshop opened up with a really nice introduction from the founder of the university, Manuel Ruelas Jiménez. Preeti Shah from the US Consulate spoke about their STEM education initiatives and Andrés Ruelas, founder of the makerspace and Manual's grandson, talked about their mission at the Makerspace.

As the workshop got underway, Liam sat down with members of the university and the consulate to speak with the local media.

El Garage will continue hosting Makey Makey teacher trainings for educators in Baja. Teachers who attended the workshop will use Makey Makeys with their classes in a design challenge organized by el Garage Makerspace - we can't wait to see what they invent!

If you're interested in taking a Makey Makey teacher training, find a training parter near you!


Makey Makey Match in Effect

Send our schools some love this Valentine's Day

Now more than ever, schools around the country need to feel our support. Perusing the campaigns on DonorsChoose is a tour through the vital requests of classrooms across America.

Give $35 or more to any classroom through DonorsChoose this February and we will match your gift with a free Makey Makey to that classroom.

Just tweet us your receipt, post it on facebook and tag us, or email us and we will send that classroom a valentine Makey Makey.

We can only send 1 kit per classroom, a max 100 Makey Makeys, and the Makey Makey for Dollar Match expires February 28th.


See Us at SXSW!

This year we'll be at SXSWedu and SXSW Create!

SXSWedu

Jay is on the panel Reaching 95% Invention Literacy
March 8th, 2:00PM

Jay is on this panel with Maker/Librarian Colleen Graves. They'll talk about what Invention Literacy is, why it's important, and how all types of educators can bring it into what they teach.

Liam is on the panel The World Needs More Inventors, Starting With Kids
March 9th, 11:00AM

Liam joins Danielle Applestone of Other Machine Co in a discussion moderated by Emily Pilloton on how to inspire our diverse world to be more creative and engaged in STEM education in the classroom and beyond.


SXSW Create

After edu, the rest of the Makey Makey family will rendezvous in Austin for SXSW Create! The hardware hacking and maker arm of SXSW. It's free and open to the public, so drop by and see us if you're in Austin!
Friday, March 10 – Sunday, March 12, 11:00AM - 6:00PM

You can find more info on SXSW Create here.


photo by Merrick Ales


Original Packaging

This week Jay sent around an email with the original list of sayings put together for the Makey Makey packaging in 2012. It's funny to see what's still around and what has faded into the background over the years.

Anyway - here's the list!

  • What is Civil Disobedience in a digital era?
  • Be stoked
  • The World is your Construction Kit
  • Search the internet for: Sir Ken Robinson cartoon
  • "[I] don’t ask what the world needs. [I] ask what makes [me] come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” ~Howard Thurman
  • Warning! Extended usage may result in creative confidence!!!
  • Search the internet for: TED Makey Makey
  • Warning! If you remake your world, some governments and corporations may crumble!!!
  • Consume Makerism
  • Paths through life are as many as humans in the world!
  • Is love the answer?
  • What can I make in the next 3 minutes?
  • Pardon me, but my Banana Piano is not for sale!
  • I care
  • Image Search the web for: Andy Goldsworthy
  • Makers: Humans who Change the World one Tiny little Piece at a Time
  • The world I want to live in is one made not by 10 scientists, 100 designers, or 1000 politicians, but one built by Seven Billion pairs of hands
  • What can I make for a friend that would make them cry from happiness?
  • Feel it, think it, say it, write it, build it, change the world!
  • My mom is a maker
  • Learn How to Learn
  • Search the internet for: Maker Faire
  • Your simple daily and nightly self determination may very well change the course of history
  • Banana ________
  • What can I make to get the world laughing?
  • What happens when I touch a flower?

Makey Makey Labz

Introducing. . . Makey Makey Labz!

We're launching a new platform for Makey Makers to peruse and create project guides!

Go beyond the banana piano by exploring guides made by inventors around the world - from powering a reading lamp to making your own computer powered board games.

Explore Makey Makey Labz!


Beta Testing

Makey Makey Labz is still in beta, so there are parts of the platform that'll changing - and we'd love to hear your thoughts about it!
To report bugs or suggest changes, please email labz@joylabz.com


Educators

If you're a teacher you can set up your class in Makey Makey Labz and assign step-by-step guides to your students! Choose from tons of pre-written lesson plans, write your own, or modify pre-existing projects to work for your classroom.

School Support
- Browse through tons of lesson plans created by us and by other educators from around the world
- Set up a classroom with student logins and assign activities, track progress in real-time, and review student work. - Sign in with your Clever account.
- Filter projects by CCSS and NGSS standards
- Create a private activity and administer it to your class without sharing it to the entire community.
- Document your inventions and post project guides
- Show off your inventions in the gallery
- Ask questions and share tips through comments

Here's a screenshot of a Labz guide


Q&A With Makey Makey Jedi Colleen Graves

Watch the Q&A from Jan 11th!

We sat down and chatted with our friend Colleen Graves who is a high school librarian and blogger, obsessed with Learning Commons transformations, Makerspaces, Makey Makey, technology education, making stuff, and getting girls involved in STEM. She offers the unique perspective of starting/creating two different makerspaces and Girl STEM groups in established public schools. Colleen writes and presents about creating Makerspaces in the book Challenge Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace. Plus, she collaborated with her husband to create a Makerspace project book for makers of any caliber that is peppered with classroom tips: The Big Book of Makerspace Projects: Inspiring Makers to Experiment, Create, and Learn. Plus, she and her #superlibrarianhubs are currently working on finishing up 20 Makey Makey Projects for the Evil Genius.

Thanks for watching!


Make an ESC Key for Your New Macbook With a Potato

Since Apple announced today that their new Macbook Pro will come without an ESCAPE key, we thought we should show you that it's no big deal as long as you have a potato and a Makey Makey.

Step 1.

Materials

Get together
• Makey Makey GO (or Classic)
• Alligator Clip
• Potato
• Laptop

Step 2.

Remap

Go to makeymakey.com/remap and select your Makey Makey (GO or Classic).
Follow the steps on screen and map the ESC key to your Makey Makey.

Step 3.

Connect

Connect your potato to your Makey Makey.
With a GO, press set to calibrate to the potato.
With a Classic, you'll need to connect yourself to the EARTH clip.

Step 4.

Escape

Now you never have to worry about getting stuck in full screen again.


Become a Makey Makey Teacher Ambassador

We're super excited to announce the start of our teacher ambassador program!

And I'm sorry to say we're no longer accepting applications for this round. Please stay tuned and signup for our newsletter if you would like to be notified when we open applications again!

If you've already filled out the application, thank you! We'll be getting back to everyone soon.

All the best,
JoyLabz