The MaKey MaKey is a printed circuit board. Electronic components like resistors, capacitors, microchip, processors, and ports are connected to a plastic board. Metallic wires are printed right onto the board to connect the components.
Hold the MaKey MaKey by it’s edges at all times and take caution not to lay it down on any conductive materials, like metals. Take a moment to closely inspect the circuit board before we begin.
The MaKey MaKey connects to your computer receives power through USB. It shouldn't matter which USB port you use, but if you run into trouble later, try switching ports.
Earth. It's a strip of holes along the bottom of the circuit board.
Earthstrip... stick one row of teeth into each hole.
The current used in the MaKey MaKey is very low and it is safe to touch the exposed wires and aligator clips we'll be using. Go ahead and grab hold of the other end of the alligator clip connected to
Never touch an exposed wire unless you are absolutely sure that the electronics are low current, low voltage, or disconnected from power!
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Groundon the MaKey MaKey, touch the round
Spacepad on the MaKey MaKey.
Fantastic! You've connected and activated the MaKey MaKey. Now let's take it for a little spin around the block.
The piano above was made with Scratch, an animation coding platform that you can learn more about in the Level 4 challenges.