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


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.


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

Step 2.


Go to 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 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.


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,

#makeymakeychat Thurs, 9/15

We had our very first Twitter Chat for educators!

Back on Thursday, September 15th at 9:00pm EST at #makeymakeychat we talked all things Makey Makey.

The chat will was moderated by our friend Darcy Grimes (@DarcyGrimesNC), a makey maker, mountain biker, NC teacher of the year 2012/13, and many other things.

You can see the storify of the chat here.

Makey Makey on Go 8 Bit

The new UK video game show Go 8 Bit premiered this week and included a brief cameo from Jay and Eric as they introduce the Makey Makey used on the show. The producers brought in a cast of real-life video game characters (and Cher) to be a part of the video interactive-human game controller. The two teams played a brief game of Puzzle Bobble before team Susan & Steve busted the last bubble for the win.

If you're in the UK you can stream the full episode here.

We look forward to seeing what other kinds of controllers the Go 8 Bit team makes!

Partnering with igniteCS

We are super excited to partner with Google igniteCS supporting groups of college and university students to make a difference in their local communities through CS mentorship!
Learn more about igniteCS.

Apply Here

We joined igniteCS in a Hangout on Air on Wednesday, August 31 at 2pm PST to discuss our partnership, tools, and best practices teaching CS.

See the video here on YouTube.

Back To School Giveaway

A huge thank you to everyone that invents with their classes!

The buy-one-get-one-free and 123 kit giveaway has ended.

You can reach out to for purchase order and education pricing information.

Happy inventing!

SXSWedu Panel Votes

Jay is on two prospective panels for SXSWedu next year - and they need votes!

Reaching 95% Invention Literacy


Enjoy a casual chat with the co-inventor of Makey Makey (Jay Silver) and Maker Enthusiast/Teacher Librarian (Colleen Graves) about the importance of Invention Literacy as a missing literacy in education. As Jay defines it, "Invention literacy is the ability to read and write human made stuff, from toasters to apps." We believe it is important to teach our students how the world works. In this core convo, we will discuss how to increase invention literacy on your campus by helping students "learn to read and write the world they live in."

The World Needs More Inventors, Starting With Kids


When was the last time you invented something? If you can’t remember, there’s a reason. The world as a whole hasn’t been focused enough on encouraging innovation especially in classrooms. We can’t fix this issue overnight, but we have the resources from Maker Labs, STEM toys , and design workshops to start closing the gap. As world citizens, it’s our responsibility to spark change and make these resources widely accessible to students, educators, parents and more. Join Jay Silver and Danielle Applestone as they have a conversation moderated by Emily Pilloton on how to inspire our diverse world to be more creative and engaged in STEM education.

How to Vote

Click the thumbs-up button!

Thanks to everyone that's voted.
We look forward seeing you in Austin next year!

Mary Oliver - Morgan Bolender

This is ‪JoyLabz‬ first ever musician sponsorship! Inspired by hearing the lyrics to Mary Oliver we became the Fairy Godparent of Morgan's music video. Our mission of inspiring ‪Creative Confidence totally‬ overlaps.

Here's a sampling of some lyrics (out of order):
- Go on and make yourself a life you don't want to be rescued from
- Do you remember Who you were before they told you Who to be
- I know that it's scary to jump into the wind but what if I told you that the wind opens up your wings
- What are you going to do with your vast and precious life?
- So what's it gonna be? Are you living your life. Or someone else's dreams

Congratulations Morgan Bolender on your amazingly inspiring song. Thanks for letting us be a tiny part of it.
We can't wait to see what you do next!!!