How to Create Easy DIY MaKeyMaKey Storage

How to Create Easy DIY MaKeyMaKey Storage | A quick, easy tutorial on getting your MaKeyMaKeys organized.

When I first started the Stewart Makerspace back in 2014, one of the earliest tools that I purchased was a MaKeyMaKey.  My students loved it, and because they are so affordable (only $50 each) I was able to get a set of 10 of them through a DonorsChoose project, allowing students to work on longer term projects without having to take it apart everytime.  However, storing that many MaKeyMaKeys can be tricky.  I started out with keeping them in the original boxes and storing them all together in a large plastic box, but it became difficult to wrangle all the wires back in each time.

Enter my easy, DIY MaKeyMaKey storage solution…

VHS holders!

VHS Holders are the perfect size for MaKeyMaKeys

Like many schools, I have TONS of empty VHS cases in my storage room.  We don’t really need them anymore but yet I knew there would be something useful I could do with them.  Turns out, they’re the perfect size to hold a MaKeyMaKey and all it’s wires.  I used translucent ones so that I could see what was inside without opening them.

A MaKeyMaKey and all it's wires fit easily into one case

I gathered all the components for one MaKeyMaKey kit, put them (neatly-ish) in a case and then closed it up.  After doing this for all ten of our kits, I stored them in that original plastic box (the generic size that you can get at any big box store).  Turns out, those large plastic boxes are the perfect size for holding ten VHS cases 🙂

My students can easily grab one of these cases whenever they want to tinker

Now, when my students want to tinker with a MaKeyMaKey, they can easily grab a VHS case and have all the parts that they need on hand.  And since they’re translucent, I can easily see which cases are missing parts or are in use.

It’s a simple solution, but sometimes the most basic solutions are the best ones.

What’s your favorite organization trick for makerspaces?


Diana Rendina, MLIS, is a middle school media specialist/teacher librarian in Tampa, FL. She is the creator of the blog RenovatedLearning.com & is also a monthly contributor to AASL Knowledge Quest. Diana is the winner of the 2016 ISTE Outstanding Young Educator Award, the 2015 ISTE Librarians Network Secondary Award, the 2015 AASL Frances Henne Award & the 2015 SLJ Build Something Bold Award. She is an international speaker on the Maker Movement and has presented at conferences including AASL, FETC & ISTE. Diana co-authored Challenge-Based Learning in the School Library Makerspace with Colleen and Aaron Graves (to be published August 2017). She is also the author of the forthcoming ISTE book, Reimagining Library Spaces.

Comments

  1. Thank you. I have tried many unsuccessful was to store my makey-makeys. This is a brilliant idea.

  2. Great inspiration! I MIGHT TRY this with my so called” attention” needing learners in year 9. My area is Physics and Mathematics for years 11-13. Are there any suggestions, ready-made templates which could be use in groupss ?
    Thank you Diana for sharing these.

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