The sixth and seventh grade Tech Enrichment classes are participating in a creative design process, as Scratch Programmers and MaKey MaKey® Engineers. They spent time grasping the concepts of circuitry by engaging in an online simulation and electronic quiz. They were then asked to team up with a partner and use a MaKey MaKey® circuit board and a piano created with an index card and a graphite pencil, to control a piano on the computer that was created using the Scratch programming language. Students used exploratory learning to eventually play a song on the piano. They asked questions and responded to problems to determine the best way to control the piano.
In the next phase of the project, students will create an online video game, musical instrument or music player using Scratch. Scratch is a programming language and online community designed and maintained by students at MIT. Students can use Scratch to code things like animations, games, or musical instruments. In the process, they learn to “think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society.”
From there the students will create a prototype controller before using the MaKey MaKey® circuit boards to control their creations. They will test their prototype and if necessary redesign.
In the final step, these engineers will share their projects with the rest of the class and discuss their experiences and thought processes.