Museums with Makey Makey and 3d printing

This is a project that was planned and implemented in our school (Experimental Elementary School of Florina) in the 2017-2018 school year.

Students created three museums with artifacts printed in the School’s 3D printer. In front of every Artifact there is a DIY touch sensor (two metal pieces) and when someone touches them the museum starts a narrative for the specific artifact along with images and info displayed on the screen.

The main theme of the museums is to present the sculptures, statues and other artifacts that are associated with Ancient Greek Culture and are in museums abroad.

After a short inquiry our students concluded in creating the following three museums :

  • The Louvre Museum
  • The British Museum
  • A World Museum (other artifacts scattered in many museums all over the world)

All the 3d models where downloaded from  thingiverse and my mini factory and where manufactured in our 3d printer using the Repetier software.

Our students searched for available info in wikipedia and recorded them in audio form. They also downloaded photos and created three scratch programs (one for every museum) that included the audio, text and image info.You can download the programs from here: Scratch programs – museums

Creating the museums

Students used wood, plexiglass and other materials to construct the three museums. They glued the Makey Makey boards and wiring under the museums floor and connected them with the DIY touch sensors.

Creating the museums
DIY touch sensors
Wiring and Makey Makey

In the final stage students created a sign with colored lights for each museum.

Museum Sign
Museum Sign

Our students presented their work in various festivals and exhibitions at the end of the school year.

Presenting the museums
Presenting the museums

Mars Colony

This is the plan and implementation from the team Top Six (students in Robotics Club) for the “2018 PanHellenic Robotics Competition: Living on Mars”.

Some of the problems we will have to face on Mars

  • Too thin atmosphere and lack of oxygen
  • Low Gravity
  • Sandstorms

Students proposals:

  • Create domes that will contain earth-like atmosphere and oxygen generated by power plants.
  • Sandstorm protection shields
  • Rotating habitats for compensating the lack of gravity.

The lego construction:

  • A rotating sandstorms shield (Building instructions)
    • When there is high wind (microphone) it enables the warning lights.
    • When the storm cloud is near (motion sensor) the shield starts rotating.
    • When the cloud goes away (motion sensor) the shield stops rotating.
  • Oxygen plant (Building instructions)
    • A piston and fan that can count the tons of oxygen created with the tilt sensor.
  • Artificial Gravity (Building instructions)
    • The habitat inside the dome is rotated so as to create artificial gravity.
    • A motion sensor counts the number of rotations


Tourism on Mars!

This is the plan and implementation from the team Top Mars (students in Robotics Club) for the “2018 PanHellenic Robotics Competition: Living on Mars”.

Let’s go a vacation to Mars!

  • A serious prospect for income in order to finance Mars Colonization will be tourism.
  • Mars has plenty of sightseeing!
  • We should build tourism infrastructure to attract visitors to Mars.

Students Proposal:


Mars Space Elevator

This is the plan and implementation from the team IQ Robots (students in Robotics Club) for the “2018 PanHellenic Robotics Competition: Living on Mars”.

Mining in Mars

  • There are strong evidence that Mars has great quantities of useful ore like Aluminum, Magnesium, Titanium, Chromium, Gold etc.
  • Some scientists believe that we could create mines on Mars.
  • In order to export ore from Mars mines in a sustainable way we could build a space elevator to transfer the ore outside the Mars atmosphere.

Students proposal

  • An automate vehicle to transfer ore from the mines to the elevator (Initial design)
  • An automated space elevator to transfer ore outside the Mars atmosphere to docking platforms. (Initial design)


Terraforming Mars

This is the plan and implementation from the team The Builders (students in Robotics Club) for the “2018 PanHellenic Robotics Competition: Living on Mars”.

Designing the ecosystem of Mars

  • Mars gets far less light from the sun than earth does and does not have the nutrients needed for plants to grow.
  • NASA investigates the possibility to create oxygen in mars and plant algae in specially designed bottles.
  • New robotic vehicles will be needed that can go in hard conditions and plant the algae in the right places.

Students proposal

  • A walking robot (Initial design from jkbrickworks):
    • Searching craters that could have the right amount of ice (motion sensor)
    • Tests the craters for ice with the motion sensor (white ice – black no ice)
    • Unloads the bottles of algae (tilt sensor)
  • A robotic laser beam (Building instructions):
    • Communicates with the walking robot and gets the coordinates of the places where algae was planted. Then it sends the laser beam there to help the seeds grow (tilt sensor).