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Makerspace @ The Tech: MaKey Kitchen

  • by Makercorps Members on July 3, 2013

    So many Makers in the kitchen! This week, over 500 guests visited the Makey Kitchen and found their inner creative musician.

    We transformed The Tech Studio into a musical food lab, and used the incredibly awesome MaKey MaKey to turn household fruits, vegetables, and even people into fun music-making tools.

    Visitors were blown away as they used their bodies to complete circuits and trigger various drum sounds with vegetables. Some people didn't believe our MaKey Kitchen was stocked with real fruits and veggies, but we assure you they were real!

    We encouraged people to collaboratively complete the circuits. We completed a music-making circuit with 33 people holding hands in one human chain! One family of 4 even created a family chain that had their baby’s foot playing the sounds.
    After guests got their fill of food and music, they created their own musical keyboards by drawing circuits. Once plugged into the MaKey MaKey jam station, their graphite drawings functioned like real keyboards since graphite is also conductive.

    The energy of our conductive Makers has made our Makerspace an electrifying success! 

    For more MaKey MaKey info, examples, and tutorials, visit the official MaKey MaKey homepage. The MaKey MaKey was developed by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum based on research they accomplished at the MIT Media Lab.

    Kenneth Guglielmino and Lindsay Balfour are the residential Maker Corps members here at The Tech.