Create a Drummer Dash With Makey Makey

By Chris R.

Play Ideas

Create a drum set for Dash and use Makey Makey for the drum sounds.

What you'll need:

  • Dash
  • Xylophone
Set up Time

30 minutes

Supplies

  • Makey Makey
  • Play-Doh
  • Foil
  • Cups or bowls to use as drums

Mission:

Use a Makey Makey to turn Dash into a drummer. Dash can play backup to the xylophone or do a drum solo! Invite your friends over and play music together. What do you think is a good name for a robot band?

Setup:

  1. Choose a drum set. You can use cups, bowls, or anything else as long as it’s the right size for Dash to hit. You’ll need to put something on top of your drums that will conduct electricity, like foil or Play-Doh.

  2. Set up your Makey Makey. Use the USB cable to connect it to your computer. Connect the gray alligator clip to the red bottom area, which is called Earth. Then connect the other alligator clips to space, click, and the 4 arrows. Choose which ones you want to use. We went with space, right arrow, and down arrow.

  3. Connect the other end of the gray alligator clip to one of the colored wires included with the Makey Makey. Then connect that colored wire to your drummer’s drum stick. Put some foil around the end of the drum stick.

  4. Connect the other alligator clips to the other colored wires, then connect those wires to your drums. Be sure each wire is connected to something that will conduct electricity. We stuck the wires into Play-Doh.

  5. Find a Scratch drum machine on the Scratch website. Search for makey makey drum machine.

  6. Test it out. Now you’re ready to program your song and perform!

Play Options:

Go App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Path App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

Blockly App

Suggested for Ages: 8+

If you don’t have the Xylophone, you can create your own drum stick for Dash and use Blockly to program the action. It’s mostly about looking left and right to choose a drum and looking up and down to hit it.

Xylo App

Suggested for Ages: 5+

We used Xylo to program Take Me Out to the Ball Game. We added a little something extra to end the song.

What songs can you compose? We’d love to hear them, so be sure to share by sending them to ideas@makewonder.com.