Inventor’s Workshop

The week of July 12, 2021, Mid-Valley STEM-CTE Hub hosted a camp for middle school-aged students called Inventor’s Workshop with Makey Makey. Our Program Coordinator, Chris Singer, a certified Makey Makey instructor, ran this four-day camp where students designed and created their own assistive technology devices, video game controllers, and musical instruments in this camp.

The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet. Using the alligator clips attached to any conductive material, you can control your computer’s keyboard, such as the space bar, arrow keys, and left-click of the mouse. When you are ready, the back of the Makey Makey allows you to map even more keys! From there, you can incorporate Scratch coding and take your creation to the next level! What’s more, the Makey Makey is part of the maker movement! You can connect with people worldwide to invent a wide array of electronic maker projects, from musical house plants, interactive classrooms, and amazing assistive technology!

We were able to offer this program for no cost and hosted this camp, along with our other summer camps, on the Linn-Benton Community College campus.

Photos from the camp:

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