I’ve had so much fun creating a special Scratch project that will form part of an interactive poster for an upcoming school display. The Scratch project, “Star Wars Day” has two versions – one for a tablet and/or keyboard device, the other for use with a MaKey MaKey invention kit.
Inspiration for the project came while I was listening to some music from Star Wars as my 13 year old daughter played the violin. As I listened to “The Imperial March” by composer, John Williams, some of the notes played by my daughter just happened to correspond with the famous Darth Vader theme. This gave me an idea to create a type of Scratch tutorial that would give people the opportunity to learn how to play part of the them.
Soon after came the MaKey MaKey version, that allowed us to connect real world objects such as a small Darth Vader toy wrapped in wire that could be touched to hear an excerpt from The Imperial March, as well as an egg carton covered in foil that could be used as a keyboard.
But it didn’t stop there! Students are still being asked to “Make a poster…” on a regular basis. I thought this might be a good opportunity to show what was possible when you explore the concept of an interactive poster. The MaKey Makey invention kit, connected to an old laptop running the Scratch project, Talking Point recording devices, QR Codes and lots of different items and surfaces provided an interactive and tactile experience for the display.
I’ll provide further information about the interactive poster in a future post but, for now, I’ll leave you with a look at the Scratch project, “Star Wars Day”.
Star Wars Day – Tablet & Keyboard Version
Star Wars Day – MaKey MaKey Version