|UW volunteer Danny and friends discover the magic of graphite pencils to draw their own piano at Meadowridge library.|
These simple circuit boards, attached to a computer, allow us to design our very own keyboard or game controllers. They also help the kiddos learn more about different materials that conduct electricity, such as play dough, graphite pencils, and aluminum foil. With our traveling maker kits, we have stayed away from the more traditional MakeyMakey materials like bananas.... somehow I don't think our delivery drivers want all the fruit flies hanging out with our library books.
We have seen the most excitement coming from the use of graphite pencils. (Normal #2 pencils won't work, something about what is added to the graphite to keep it from smearing we think?) But any HB or artist pencil conducts electricity when connected to our circuit with an alligator clip. The novelty of drawing your own controller is definitely a hit. The simplicity of it that has super fun results is giving us a lot of smiles.
|Fist bumping Pacman controller anyone?|
The creators of MakeyMakeys have given us a tool that invites trial and error, innovative thinking, and quick alterations or reiterations and we're thrilled. And so are our makers, often staying for over and hour to get their contraptions working just right.