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FabLearn Cardboard Arcade

Inspired by Caine's Arcade, we (Black Pine Circle School in Berkeley, CA) start off our year of making with our Cardboard Arcade Project.

In today's workshop, participants will build their own Cardboard Arcade game using low-tech tools (cardboard, duct tape, foil) and higher-tech MaKey MaKey boards and Scratch programming to make their games even more interactive. The arcade is then set up for community participation. This project gives participants experience with the basics of fabrication, physical computing, basic programming, collaboration, and iteration. The workshop is based on an activity inspired by Caine’s Arcade and implemented at .

Presentation slides can be found here; related handouts here.

General outline:

  • Play with MaKey MaKey

  • Watch the Caine’s Arcade video

  • Choose/assign groups

  • Brainstorm & sketch arcade ideas

  • Who is your audience (“design thinking”)?

  • Multiple ideas

  • Peer feedback

  • Introduce Scratch & MaKey (no formal Scratch lesson)

  • Build

  • Share with Community

  • Reflect

Partial blog posts (still, and always, under construction....ahh, teaching.):

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