Last year I handed out MakeyMakey kits to groups of students, showed them how it worked and then let them play with it for a day to create their own "invention". The students then share their invention with the rest of the class in a "Shark Tank" style. The students loved it. Some students said it was one of their favorite activities of the year.
We are doing the project again this year and today was their day to work in groups and try to invent with their MakeyMakey. Since students are just given one period - about 45 minutes - to create something with the MakeyMakey they typically create game controllers in a variety of formats - pencil lead cardboard, water in Dixie cups, gummy bears, fruits, etc. They had a blast and tomorrow they will share their creation with the rest of the class.
MakeyMakey kits are one of my favorite ways to introduce the maker movement to my students. Later in the semester my 8th grade emerging technology class will work with the MakeyMakey kits for a little longer and create something a little more complex.