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Our Little Creators worked on BristleBots this week. After configuring their model with the necessary materials (toothbrush head, vibration motor, coin cell battery) they spiced up the designs using pipe cleaners, foam balls, straws, toothpicks and other household items.
Students experimented with subtle adjustments in order to have the BristleBot move forward, or rotate in a leftward or rightward direction. The video shows their unique creations and a roundup of bots at the finale.
This week our after school Li'l Creators worked on their ScribbleBot, version 2. The first go round last week was a bit of a challenge, I discovered, for some of the younger students. We tried building ScribbleBots from scratch, using recycled items we have in PIRL Terrace. For the older students, manipulating the tiny pieces, using glue guns and masking tape, and holding multiple items in place was manageable. For the littler ones, these tasks could be quite frustrating.
I decided to try a new approach, using Autodesk 123D to design a ScribbleBot body, and have since posted my final design on Thingiverse so that others might also benefit. It seems to work well, while still allowing the students freedom to add on to the design. I purposefully placed holes in the body, so that other pieces could be attached, like pipe cleaners, pen caps, and all sorts of small objects. For class, we used dry erase markers on a large white board table, but the students took their bots home with regular marker pens.
Next week, BristleBots!
This week we started the after school enrichment class for 3rd through 6th grade. It's called "Tinker, Design, Build". I think of these students as my little creators, hence the title of this page. While this younger group will not dive as deeply into project development as Creator's Studio students, they will get exposure to a number of different maker activities and concepts. Here is the current list of activities:
I'm looking forward to this different approach to making. Although the activities in this class aren't as open-ended as Creator's Studio personal projects, they still allow for a great deal of tinkering, iteration, creativity and collaboration. More details to follow in the coming weeks.
This after school enrichment class is for 3rd through 6th graders.