Where did we begin?? With the CBL big idea of ‘Discovery’ what better than to discover something new and exciting!
It all started with a reading session whereby students needed to read about MaKey MaKey’s on their webpage. Students reading skills and strategies were put to the test and they were able to ask many questions during reading to help to clarify and comprehend.
In Maths, students then began to investigate direction and the language used for direction by playing Super Mario Bros. They needed to think about how we were able to control Mario using the keys and the instructions/algorithm that the keys were giving to the character.
➡️ Tells Mario to move right
⬅️ Tells Mario to move left
⬆️ Instructs Mario to jump
With this in mind students were then to create their own game controller. This could be in any design of their choice, however the buttons needed to give the same directions that were needed in order to play and move the character. With engagement at a high students were able to use their knowledge of direction to help them develop a ‘usable’ game controller.
So where to next…. With creative and complex game controllers students were then required to give instructions on how to use their controller. They needed to inform the person using their controller what buttons they needed to press and the direction that it would move the character – in other words write a list of instructions. Students were able to give clear and concise steps to use their controllers through their great choice of vocabulary.
Next we called in the super helpful Grade 6’s to show us how to use the MaKey MaKey’s. We called them ‘experts’ as they had used these before, they gave us some fantastic examples of how they had used them previously.
From there students split into groups where the experts gave them a mini lesson on how to use the MaKey MaKey. Students were able to build on their vocabulary With words such as; circuits, connector cables, alligator clips, inputs, outputs, conductive materials and more!
Then it was their turn! The challenge to create a game controller that could be used to play Super Mario Bros. They were all very excited to get using them. With circuit boards and many different coloured wires it was important that the students documented the steps that they were taking in order to create their game controller.
They needed to record and sequence the steps that they were taking in order to build their controller. Students needed to use descriptive language and the technical words they had just learnt to ensure that they were giving clear directions on how to build and use the MaKey MaKey’s.
Once they had written the step it was time to play!
Check out the video to see their hard work paying off!
Testing out our MaKey MaKey!