In this three-session online workshop, you’ll learn how to harness the maker movement and start using coding and microcontrollers in your interactive exhibit design and museum programming. 

Coding and incorporating technology into your museum practice doesn’t need to be scary - join the BCMA as we explore how the maker movement can enrich your practice and get hands-on with technologies that anyone, regardless of previous experience, can use to build innovative (and even COVID-friendly hands-off) experiences.

Scratch is a free online program and the Makey Makey is an interactive microcontroller - when the two are combined, anything is possible; from DIY interactive maps to human video game controllers, to fruit pianos, to hands-free interactive displays. You will leave the workshop with your very own Makey Makey and the skills and resources you’ll need to start creating unforgettable, innovative museum experiences. 

This three-session online workshop will take place via Zoom. All attendees will be sent their own Makey Makey prior to the workshop and a list of helpful materials to have access to during the workshop. To ensure the BCMA has enough time to order and ship Makey Makeys to all participants, registration will close two months prior to the first workshop.


Cost: $150 (non-members), $100 (members), plus all attendees will leave with a Makey Makey microcontroller (approximate value $70).


Learning Outcomes:

In this online workshop, participants will:

  • Receive an overview of the maker movement and how to find online and real-world resources to create museum maker spaces and incorporate maker technologies into their museum practice
  • Receive an introduction to coding and the Scratch platform
  • Get hand-on experiences creating DIY interactive museum exhibits and programs
  • Discuss strategies for transforming touch-based interactive museum experiences into hands-free experiences better-suited for COVID-19
  • Receive example lesson plans and interactive exhibit ideas



Session 1: Introduction to the Maker Movement and Microcontrollers (1.5 hours)

  • What is the maker movement?
  • Getting started with the Makey Makey
  • Building a DIY piano

Session 2: Learning to Code and Expanding Your Digital Literacy (1.5 hours)

  • Learning to code with Scratch
  • Scratch + Makey Makey
  • Brainstorming, collaborating, and creating

Session 3: Interactive Exhibit Design and Hands-On/Off Museum Programming (1.5 hours)

  • Interactive exhibit design
  • Project demonstrations
  • How to continue learning and growing

Museum Makers - Creating Interactive Exhibits and Programming with Makey Makey and Scratch

  • Thursday Jan 21 2021, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Thursday Jan 28 2021, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM, Thursday Feb 04 2021, 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM