Today was another Scratch Day organized by Michael Tempel of the Logo Foundation. This sold out edition was hosted by The Town School, and there were so many student and adult volunteers to register, direct, guide, and assist participants and session leaders. After two short and informative addresses by Town’s Head of School, Tony Featherston, and Michael Tempel, children and grown-ups moved to classrooms for their chosen workshops.
My session’s description from the program is pasted below:
Cardboard Jam Band with MakeyMakey and Scratch
led by Karen Blumberg, The School at Columbia
Makey Makey is an invention kit that allows you to use every-day objects and materials, such as aluminum foil, play dough and bananas, to interact with your Scratch projects. Let’s construct cardboard shapes, add conductive elements, connect them to MakeyMakey, and program different instruments, sounds, and notes using Scratch to play music and form a band! Suitable for people of all ages; no prior Scratch experience is needed.
Today’s two-hour workshop was similar to one I led last moth at Ramaz and entailed:
1. Learning how to use the MakeyMakey as a controller that can be attached to any conductive input. (The story of how Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Silver co-invented the MakeyMakey is pretty interesting too…)
2. Using a MakeyMakey to play the virtual piano on Eric and Jay’s website: http://makeymakey.com/piano
3. Designing a cardboard shape with aluminum foil bits to act as conductive elements that were then wired to the MakeyMakey.
4. Creating a new blank Scratch project with up to 6 events – each event corresponded to a different key/instrument/note/duration which in turn corresponded to conductive inputs attached to the MakeyMakey.
Here are photos from the day!