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Makey Makey Kit

What is a MaKey MaKey Kit?

Designed by two graduate students at MIT Media Lab, MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. The MaKey MaKey uses a USB cord to connect its circuit board to your computer. The circuit board takes over the functionality of certain key on your keyboard or mouse, like the space bar or the mouse click. That is where the fun begins. Using alligator clips you can connect the space bar function of the MaKey MaKey controller to the end of a banana, or a pencil, or a piece of Play-Doh, and make that object the keyboard or mouse input. Just touch your “banana” and you control the functionality of the space bar on the computer. 

Not sure where to get started? Check out their website for great ideas on getting started with a MaKey MaKey kit!

How long can I check out a MaKey MaKey Kit?

Hamlin students, faculty, and staff can checkout a MaKey MaKey Kit for 1 week.





What is a Arduino


What is an Arduino?

Arduino is a tool for making computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. It's an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board.

Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP.) The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free.

The Arduino programming language is an implementation of Wiring, a similar physical computing platform, which is based on the Processing multimedia programming environment.

Not sure where to get started? Check out their Getting Started guide and all their resources under Learning.

How long can I check out an Arduino?

Hamlin students, faculty, and staff can checkout an Arduino inventor kit for 1 week.


Equipment Check Out

Equipment Checkout Program

The Hamlin Library will offer a variety of equipment for all students, staff, and faculty to check out and use outside the library. Our offerrings run the gamut and if you're looking for something we don't have....let us know! We're here to help you do what you need, want, and feel passionate about doing and if we can, we will get whatever you need.

                                          ~ The Tech Team

Why checkout equipment in a library?

The  Tech Team /Library believes that discovering, making, and tinkering are integral components in learning and finding your passions.  We encourage our girls to think creatively, make their own solutions, and be the innovators our world needs. The services, resources, and equipment allow students to play with technology they might not ever have access to otherwise. They allow for collaboration and excitement beyond the classroom. And they give our students the skills they need to be success well after their time at Hamlin School.


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Books and Articles

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Invent to Learn - Sylvia Libow Martinez; Gary S. Stager
ISBN: 9780989151108
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
Rarely does an education book come along that provides a cogent philosophical basis and an understanding of learning, thinking and teaching, as well as providing practical guidance for setting up effective digital-age learning and "making" environments.

What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care
ISBN: What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?
Publication Date: Scholastic article


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