The Makey-Makey, invented by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum, allows users to easily utilize the objects in their surrounding environment and discover various ways to turn boring household items into fun and exciting toys. As the ribbon was cut on May 16, 2014, this new and unique device was introduced to the students of Chinese International School Manila (CISM) during the school’s very first Makers’ Fest. During the fest, students from Grades 6 to 10, held activity booths where they displayed their original creation, each one powered by a single Makey-Makey kit.
For my group, our game was called, “Run 4 Fun,” a running game where two teams raced against each other while imitating a randomly given position on the screen in front of them. The positions change for each member of the team when the last runner reaches the end of the running platform and presses the buzzer. I was mesmerized when I saw such an abundance of eager children waiting in line to play our game. I have never guessed that Run 4 Fun would have been such a success and that there were children who would be running back to our booth requesting to play over and over again, even when we had ran out of prizes to give away. In the beginning of the fest, I was worried that not many people would approach our booth. However, who knew that Run 4 Fun would have accumulated the most customers out of all the games!
Taking into consideration the fact that our school is the first to use the Makey Makey in the Philippines, I hope for CISM to become the starting line for introducing Makey Makeys to other schools throughout the country. If people are able to learn about the wonderful qualities of the Makey Makey and of the many opportunities in technology it possesses for future creations, then more people will want to get their hands on one. The Makey Makey is not just a piece of metal; it is a channel for people to show that they do not need to be tech savvy to be able to create something unique. It is an inspiration to others, to remind them that with a bit of imagination, they have the power to make life just a little more fun for everyone.
by Danielle La-O, Grade 9
This 4th Quarter, we rolled out Makey Makey Invention Kits to Grades 6-10. As we immerse deeper in the maker culture, we want our students to take on the attitude of fearlessness, creativity, and the confidence that something great often comes out of many failures. We want to develop creators and not just consumers!