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Aztecs and Coding

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Language Arts And English +13 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old), High School (16 to 18 years old), Post-Secondary, Adults

Here is a collection of coding games using Scratch interactive media using MakeyMakey , integrating Aztec games, culture and information.

In this collection, I am going to highlight Aztec games and culture to recreate  projects that I do in my my own design classroom with my students based on these historical artifacts.

This collection is hopefully an inspiration for young designers and artists to use designs inspired by the Aztec games and culture to make a Scratch game or remix with the examples I have posted in this collection.  This collection shows you a pathway to create coding and designs based on these  Aztec games and culture,  to create games similar in motif and structure to the originals. (This lesson is more focused on 9-18 year olds, but can be adapted for older students, as well as adults with some rewriting and restructuring, especially with coding aspect of the lesson.)

 You will be creating and studying these cultural artifacts to gain insight into how they were constructed, drawn, and fabricated. In order to gain perspective on these  cultures, the research your students use by viewing and constructing their own coded games/designs will give agency to their work, albeit through the eyes of these  people. The students will gain a new understanding and vision of these  cultural motifs and what they carry to the viewer.

Students will be creating and researching designs and motifs based on this culture. Once they have constructed and drawn an idea either through digital or non-digital means, they will be rendering their designs in Scratch or another coding app like Processing

The students will then use these coded games with MakeyMakey and a create a controller like these musical instruments/controllers my students created at Labz at my school Charter High School for Architecture and Design in Philadelphia.

Happy Coding!


Understanding Map

Rachel Mainero

Looking and Observing

Christopher Sweeney


Christopher Sweeney

Looking: Ten Times Two: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

Aztec Calendar Stone

National Museum of Anthropology of Mexico

Visible Thinking Routine

Christopher Sweeney


Christopher Sweeney

Colors / Shapes / Lines: Project Zero Artful Thinking Routine

SI Center for Learning and Digital Access

See Think Wonder: Project Zero Visible Thinking Routine

Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access

Ruins of the Main Temple

Templo Mayor Museum


Legends and Chronicles

Design Thinking

Christopher Sweeney


Christopher Sweeney

Coded Games

Christopher Sweeney

MakeyMakey/Scratch Resources

Christopher Sweeney

MakeyMakey Profile

MakeyMakey Labz