Raspberry Pi and MaKey MaKey Operation Game

Difficulty
Very easy
Steps
23

Get acquainted with the Raspberry Pi and MaKey MaKey board by starting with a simple project.

In this guide, we will be recreating the Operation Game with a Raspberry Pi and MaKey MaKey board.

Step 1  Draw the character on a Cardboard Box

  • Draw your character on the Cardboard Box.
  • Be sure to add cut out areas for the organs.

Step 2  Cut out the organ areas

  • Cut out an area where your plastic organs will sit.

Step 3  Fold a piece of foil so that it will cover the organs

  • Fold your aluminium foil so that it covers the holes for your organs.
  • Double over the foil to give it a bit of strength.

Step 4  Attach the foil to the cardboard box

  • Attach the foil to your cardboard box with a non-conductive adhesive. We use Dymo labels because we have a million of them!

Step 5  Poke holes in the nose with a pin for the LED

  • Use a pin to make holes in the nose.
  • Space the holes so that you can fit your LED.

Step 6  Insert the LED

  • Insert the LED so it sits flush on the box
  • Keep note of which LED leg is shorter.
  • Bend the legs of the LED so it stays in place

Step 7  Connect Black alligator wire to LED short leg

  • Connect the black alligator wire to the shorter leg of the LED.

Step 8  Connect Red Alligator Cable to LED Long Leg

  • Connect the red alligator cable to the longer LED leg

Step 9  Connect Yellow alligator cable to foil

  • Connect the yellow alligator cable to the foil.

Step 10  Close up the box whilst feeding the cables out one side

  • Close up the box so that the cables come out the side.

Step 11  Make the chopsticks conductive with copper tape

  • Stick some copper tape to your chopsticks.
  • Press the tape onto your chopsticks.
  • Don't run your fingers along the edge of the tape as sometimes it can be sharp.

Step 12  Connect MaKey MaKey to Raspberry Pi

  • Connect the MicroUSB end of the USB cable to your MaKey MaKey
  • Connect the larger end to one of your Raspberry Pi's USB ports (the port you use doesn't matter).

Step 13  Insert out Pi Cobbler into our Breadboard

  • Insert the cobbler into the breadboard
  • Make sure the cobbler sits flush on the breadboard

Step 14  Connect the Ribbon cable to the Cobbler

  • Insert the Ribbon cable into your Cobbler.
  • There is a notch on the connector so you can't only insert it the correct way.

Step 15  Connect the Ribbon Cable to the Raspberry Pi

Connect the Ribbon cable to your Raspberry Pi's GPIO pins. When connected correctly the cable shouldn't be folded over. When connected correctly the cable shouldn't cover the Raspberry Pi.

Step 16  Connect Black Jumper wire to Ground pin

  • Insert your Black jumper wire horizontally next to the GND pin.

Step 17  Connect a Red Jumper wire to GPIO21

  • Insert your Red jumper wire horizontally next to the #21 pin.

Step 18  Connect the Red Alligator Clip to the Red Jumper

  • Connect your red Alligator wire from the operation box to the red jumper wire

Step 19  Connect Black Alligator clip to Black Jumper

  • Connect your black Alligator wire from the operation box to the black jumper wire

Step 20  Connect a Green Alligator Cable to the Chopsticks

  • Connect a Green Alligator Cable to the Chopsticks

Step 21  Connect other end of the Green Alligator Cable to MaKey MaKey Earth

  • Connect the other end of the Green Alligator Cable to MaKey MaKey Earth

Step 22  Connect the Yellow Alligator Cable to MaKey MaKey Up Arrow

Connect the Yellow Alligator Cable to MaKey MaKey Up Arrow

You're Done!

  • That's it your done!
  • If you want you can use additional alligator cables / wire to extend your cables.