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Invention Literacy with Makey Makey and Scratch

Ongoing | Ages Adult | $75/person (On-campus); $85/person School-based


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Classroom innovation, invention, maker spaces and computer programming are becoming an important part of 21st century education. This short course is focused on methods and models for using the Makey Makey device and a simple computer programming interface called Scratch, allowing participants to create standards-driven classroom opportunities based on student-directed innovation and invention.

This 5-hour class:

  • Introduces and trains teachers to use Makey Makey devices in the classroom
  • Provides basic/intermediary computer programming instruction with Scratch
  • Demonstrates student-directed inquiry opportunities for circuits and conduction
  • Provides foundational content and resources for classroom-based invention literacy
  • Models maker space/fab lab organization, project design, facilitation and safety
  • Demonstrates project, engineering and invention-based learning opportunities
  • Provides time and materials to experiment, develop activities and collaborate


  • Science Discovery Innovation Skills and Technology Short Courses can be held on-campus or at a local school, district, BOCES facility or college
  • Short courses can accommodate teachers, school administrators, aids, other educators and librarians from schools or communities
  • These courses are designed for between 10 and 20 learners
  • This program requires a single room, tables and chairs to accommodate the class size, a screen and access to electricity
  • The CU Science Discovery team will arrive at your school the evening before, or early the morning of programs to set up an extensive set of teaching materials
  • Graduate credit and additional travel fees may apply

For additional information or to begin planning your CU Science Discovery program, please contact Hester Nadel via email or by calling 303.492.8640.