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Makey Makey

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What is Makey Makey?

MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between:

The kit will include everything you see above: MaKey MaKey, Alligator Clips, USB Cable.

How Does it Work?

Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and a banana.

When you touch the banana, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.

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What materials work with MaKey Makey?

Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work. Here are some materials people have used including Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Lemons, etc.

Other materials that work great: Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Most Foods, Cats and Dogs, Aluminum Foil, Rain, and hundreds more...
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MaKey MaKey - An Invention Kit for Everyone
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