Unless you went to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you probably never imagined you’d have the opportunity to invent alongside MIT PhD students. Now, Eric Rosenbaum and Jay Saul Silver’s MaKey MaKey invites you into their world.
Their tool works with any material that can conduct electricity. Water, bananas, Play-Doh, ketchup—you name it! The product is based on Rosenbaum and Silver’s research in MIT Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten. Though it is designed to be fun for everyone, MaKey MaKey presents unique opportunities for educators and students. They’ve even had a budding eight-year-old inventor (below) in their lab.
Rosenbaum and Silver believe that encouraging creative and inventive behavior can lead to great things. They share their mission on their official site: “We believe that everyone is creative, inventive, and imaginative. We believe that everyone can create the future and change the world. So we have dedicated our lives to making easy-to-use invention kits.”
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