Program ● Technology & Coding ● Grades PK-2
When your favorite song comes on the radio do you sit quietly or do you dance around and play the air drum solo? In Musical Adventures With Scratch and Makey Makey, we are going to explore how different sounds are created and we will create our own interpretations of common musical instruments like drums, piano, guitar, and even a recorder, and we will create our very own dancing program, all through the use of Makey Makey and Scratch to bring our music to life! The last day will end with a bang, or at least a really great mini concert from all of our students!
Soundwave & Extension: Scales
Students will learn the basic movement and parts of sound waves and learn about how a sound’s pitch and volume affects the sound wave’s shape. Student will also learn about the basics of circuits and the use of Makey Makey as well as music notes and scales as they make index card controllers of a Scratch program that plays scales.
Drums and Extension: Moving to the Beat
Students will learn about percussion instruments and move to the beat as they build Makey Makey Drum sets feature 4 types of percussion instruments. Students will also make their Scratch programs move to the beat as they learn the basics of animation and make their drum sprites move and shake around as they play their Makey Makey drum set.
Students will make a Makey Makey Xylophone and learn about how music is written down and recorded. Students will be able to use their Makey Makey xylophone to play actual songs, like Mary had a Little Lamb and Jingle Bells by the end of the lesson.
Ukulele & Extension: Advanced Animation
Students will make and decorate Makey Makey ukuleles complete with strings to strum and chords to play. Students will also code a sprite’s animation to change and dance to the music of their ukulele playing.
Dancing & Extension: Getting into it
Students will make Makey Makey finger dance pads to play a dancing rhythm game. A dancing game without music would be a little boring so students will utilize loops to add music to their games. Student will also be able add themselves to their dancing game by striking a pose and using stop motion animation to bring their games to life!
Students will team up to form bands using their favorite musical instrument from previous lesson. Bands will work together and use the Engineering Design Process to plan out and practice their song to be the best it can be.