Makey Makey Minecraft Bow Tutorial by Tech 101 Kids

 

This is the Makey Makey Minecraft Bow Controlled Bow or  the MMMBCB for short.

For this project you will need the following items:

Option #1 If you want to shoot an arrow:

  • 1 Makey Makey
  • 1 Usb that connnects the Makey Makey to the computer
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 Bow
  • 2 Alligator Clips
  • Electrical Tape
  • Tin Foil
  • Minecraft Game

Option #2 If you want to shoot an arrow and turn left and right:

  • 1 Makey Makey
  • 1 Usb that connnects the Makey Makey to the computer
  • 1 Computer
  • 1 Bow
  • 2 Wires
  • 4 Alligator Clips
  • Electrical Tape
  • Tin Foil
  • Minecraft Game

Step One:   Layout all your materials on a flat surface.
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Step Two: Connect one side of the alligator clip to ground on the makey makey and connect the other side to the string of the bow. If the bow does not contain a rubber coating for the fingers then take tin foil and wrap it around the alligator clip and over the string securing the alligator clip in place.

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Step Three:  Take your other alligator clip and insert one end into the click on the makey makey. Take the other end and place it on the handle of the bow, wrap it in tinfoil once, and then tape electrical tape on the edges of the tinfoil so it doesn’t fall off.

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Step Four: Take your usb cable and connect it to your makey makey and computer. Pull up minecraft onto the computer and go into a game.

 

STEP FIVE**** This is a very crucial step, if you do not do it then the bow will not work.  Go into the settings of minecraft and change the left click to right click and right click to left click.

 

Step Six: If you followed all the steps correctly then it should work fine. Go ahead and try out your new bow

 

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Option #2

*Step Seven*: If you chose to go with Option #2 then do all the steps above and the next two steps.

 

Step Eight:  Take one of your wire and connect to A4. Connect the other end to the an alligator clip and place it somewhere near the handle of your bow so you can move while drawing back your bow. Wrap it in tin foil and surround it in electrical tape once.

 

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Step Nine: Do the same thing as in Step Eight but take a different wire and connect it to A3.

 

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And that just about wraps it up. Have fun and make sure to keep track for our next tutorial.

**Note**

Feel free to mess around and experiment with this project.

 

 

Learn more about the Makey Makey here

 

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Makey Makey / Squishy Circuits Maze Instructions

What does building a maze and solving it have to do with engineering, you may ask. Real-life robots have to travel through mazes and structures dangerous for humans all the time, like ocean depths, volcanoes, factories, war zones, and even other planets like the Mars Rover on Mars.

 

In this activity you’ll will be creating an interactive tabletop maze using your imagination, some conductive materials, and the Makey Makey.

What You’ll Need:

1 x Makey Makey

Makey Makey – An Invention Kit for Everyone

Turn everyday objects like bananas into touchpads!
Connect the world around you to your computer! Setup takes just seconds.
Just plug, clip, and play! No programing knowledge needed.

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1 x Squishy Circuits (or play-doh)

Squishy Circuits Kit

Based upon the University of St. Thomas' Squishy Circuits Program (http://www.stthomas.edu/squishycircuits)
Learn the basics of electrical circuits hands-on with homemade play dough (recipe card included)
Everything you need to create Squishy Circuits that spin, buzz, and light up!

Price: $25.00

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1 x Carboard or other surface to lay your maze on.

A computer with internet access (for Scratch)

Steps:

    1. Create a drawing for the layout of the maze and its basic features
    2. Try creating your maze with the play-doh and begin playing with the magnets by placing one on top of the table and control it with one underneath. Try to see if you can get an LED to light up when you hit the wall of your maze.
    3. Break up into groups or work as a team and use Scratch to build a timer. Never used Scratch? Check out MIT’s how-to if you want to tinker around and make your own scoreboard.
    4. Think of how you want to make your maze: Will you collect items, race the clock, or defeat some sort of enemy? To test use our “Simple Maze Game” sketch, read the project controls, and test them on the keyboard.
    5. Attach the Makey Makey aligator clips to the proper connections(down arrow to your play-doh maze, up arrow to any time power-ups) and connect the magnetic player to Earth!(for this part of the tinkering you no longer need the battery)

 

 

Here are some photos from our recent club meeting and the creative mazes our students built

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239 STEM Resources for Kids

Iultimate-stem-guide-for-kids-239-cool-sites thought my search for the best STEM resources to include in Tech 101 Kids would be hard. But the first article I came across contains a whopping 239 STEM websites for kids. Wow.

From Master’s In Data Science comes “The Ultimate STEM Guide: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.” In it, they break down STEM resources by grade level and interest, including a section of resources specifically for girls.

Some of these websites I have used myself and highly recommend, like Scratch and Codecademy. Others I have not heard of but will definitely look at. I will be going through this list in the upcoming weeks and showing you which resources are the most helpful, but if you are really excited, you can check out the full list now at Mastersindatascience.org.