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!


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


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!