Thursday, October 8, 2015

Makey Makey Floor Piano



If you are looking for a short, low cost project to do with your Makey Makeys, this one is sure to be a big hit. It's a great small group project as well as an eye catching interactive display in some noisy area of the library (as long as you can keep library staff sane). This was made as part of our Tinkering Tuesdays lab. We had low tech cardboard construction, 3D printing, and the Makey floor piano going on simultaneously. It took us about 1.5 hours with 3 teens helping.

Materials List:
Aluminum Tape $12
Duct Tape (any color) $2
Makey Makey $50
CAT cable (there's one lying around your library trust me) or just use regular wire
Wire strippers
12 x 12 x 1.5 in puzzle piece exercise mat $12
white 6 x 8 tarp (but could be smaller) $12
Computer with internet running Scratch

This video shows a demonstration with step by step picture instructions and a more detailed video explanation. I got the idea from two sites that I used for consult: Ed Tech Junkies & Make It At Your Library.  BIG THANK YOU!


Makey Makey Floor Piano from Duxbury Free Library on Vimeo.

Tips: 
Your BARE feet or hands must be touching both layers of the aluminum tape to connect the notes so make sure you give a good amount of border between each layer.  Hitting the center of the keys works best. It can be anything conductive really to complete the circuit not just body parts. We used a screw driver to play each note too.

The best part of this project was since the ground wires were built in there was no need for the person touching the notes to hold onto a separate ground wire while playing. This is why there are two aluminum tape layers with a duct tape (non conductive) layer in the middle.

2 comments:

  1. It's so great that you picked up our Instructable! Lizzy Klinnert from the Barrington Area Library and I were the ones that had the piano program. SO AWESOME TO SEE OTHER LIBRARIES DOING IT AS WELL! And I love this blog, too! Nice work! You can find out more about the project here: https://illinoislibrariesmatter.wordpress.com/2015/07/02/it-takes-a-village-to-create-a-giant-floor-piano/

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  2. I've just installed iStripper, and now I can watch the best virtual strippers on my desktop.

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