In this workshop you will be challenged to build crazy input devices that connect to your laptop and allow you to interact with Scratch projects in fun and engaging ways. On day one we will learn about the Makey Makey, conductive materials, and explore rapid iteration as we design various game controllers. Day two will be spent turning cardboard into musical instruments that connect to computers to make sounds and songs. Finally, on day three, we will get super physical and design some game inputs that really get us moving.
Requirements: computer with USB port, ability to run https://scratch.mit.edu
in your web browser, Scratch account set up before the workshop.Josh Burker
is the Upper Middle Division Creative Technology Teacher at Marymount School in New York City. He has taught in both public and private schools, and workshops for teachers, for over 20 years, working with Logo programming, robotics, fabrication, electronics, and art. He is the author of The Invent to Learn Guide to Fun
and The Invent to Learn Guide to More Fun
, both of which inspire makers of all ages to explore the intersection of crafting and technology through whimsical, creative projects.