In this project, students were challenged to redesign the arrow control keys and spacebar on a computer keyboard. They had to come up with a specific group to market their product to.
We actually created prototypes out of playdough, and connected it to the computer using a Makey Makey interface. The result: a real working computer keyboard made from Playdough!
Students were very thoughtful in this project. Many groups targeted people with physical disabilities or special needs. They designed large, well-placed keys with accessibility in mind.
The Scratch aspect is actually teaching students the building blocks of computer coding. Developed by MIT, it allows kids to give direction to their own project. Students created a project on Scratch that was then controlled by their Playdough keyboard prototypes.
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