Planty, the Positive Reinforcement Plant #EarthDay

by arjun_littleBits

Published on April 20, 2016

"In operant conditioning, positive reinforcement involves the addition of a reinforcing stimulus following a behavior that makes it more likely that the behavior will occur again in the future. When a favorable outcome, event, or reward occurs after an action, that particular response or behavior will be strengthened." -Kendra Cherry, author of the Everything Psychology Book


Get some sweet verbal gratitude from your plant when water it! By using the Makey Makey, you can trigger an mp3 player to make your plant talk.

Duration: 15 mins

How To Make It


Record your plant noises "Hey, thanks!", "Mmmm...water...", "That hit the spot!" What do you want your plant to tell you after you water it? Record a message or make a song and put it on your micro SD card, the insert the card into the mp3 player.


Assemble Circuit Snap together a power, Makey Makey, mp3 player & speaker. You could also have some synth sound (like a sequencer that plays as the water is falling) or even a motor that raises a message. Make sure the mp3 player & speaker are on the "right arrow" side as we are going to clip the alligator wire to that pad.
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Attach alligator clips Alligator clip a wire to the right arrow pad of the Makey Makey. Attach another wire to one of the earth pad. Then place the ends of the two wires into the plant soil. Make sure to place it in an area away from the circuit so that you can water it without getting your Bits all soggy.
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Place circuit onto pot Again, keep the Bits out of harms way. Nobody likes soggy Bits.


Feed your plant! Here's to happy plants and plant owners!

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