Maker Lesson Plan 3: Interactive Ecosystem



  • Brainstorm ideas of how they could turn the room into an interactive ecosystem using Makey Makeys.
  • What sounds might we hear in the ecosystem? What could we press in our ecosystem that would make those sounds? What could we make with these materials that would look like an ecosystem?  How could we make that interactive?
  • Brainstorm ideas as a group so students can piggyback off one another's ideas.


  • Students can map keys by coding keys in Scratch. Program the keys by recording sounds directly into Scratch or upload the sound you would like to use.
  • Connect Wires to interactive spaces designed by students.
  • Give students time to create sound effects with Scratch.
  • Hook Makey Makey ports (the keys your students programmed) to the interactive objects in the room.
  • Create signs if needed to prompt interaction.
  • Students share with other students. If possible, take a quick video clip and post to Twitter using #globalcodeathon

**Lesson adapted from the  Make Makey Interactive Room Challenge

Lesson Materials

  • Makey Makeys
  • Alligator Clips
  • Tinfoil
  • Copper Tape
  • Playdoh
  • Anything conductive that the students want to use for their interactive idea
  • Wires
  • Big boxes