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Bronxville Middle School eighth-graders create video game controllers

Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects. Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects.
Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects. Photo Credit: Contributed
Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects. Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects.
Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects. Photo Credit: Contributed
Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects. Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects.
Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects. Photo Credit: Contributed
Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects. Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects.
Bronxville Middle School students have been working to create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary objects. Photo Credit: Contributed

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Eighth-graders at Bronxville Middle School have been working together to

create their own fully functional video game controllers made out of ordinary

objects, such as fruit, Play-Doh or tinfoil. The innovative project, which spans

several weeks, allows students to be creative and challenges them to invent new

devices.

Using Makey Makey – a circuit board invention kit that connects objects with

a computer and transforms those objects into touchpads, video game controller

buttons or mouse clicks – the students were able to turn their idea into reality.

“They adopted the roles of innovators and transformed from consumers of

technology to creators,” said technology teacher Kimberly Persaud, who introduced

the project to the students. “They had to think outside the box and use things that

they wouldn’t traditionally use to design something that had a real purpose.”

Eighth-grader Isabelle Kennedy said she enjoyed the creative process of

designing her own video game controller. She and her group used a graphite pencil

to sketch out four buttons on a piece of paper before connecting their device to the

Makey Makey with alligator clips to play a video game online.

“What’s great about the end product is that it takes all different forms,”

Persaud said. “No one student’s project is going to look the same. Previously, in

classes when we’ve done this, students have incorporated feet or cups of water to

control the video game.”

By the end of the school year, all eighth-graders will have designed a video

game controller. The challenging project encourages students to make discoveries

on their own, think critically and collaborate with classmates, which are skills

closely aligned with the dispositions of the Bronxville Promise.

To watch a video of the students creating their own video game controllers, visit the

district’s website at www.bronxvilleschool.org.

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