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Scribblebot Promo for Big Book of Makerspace Projects- HD. Make an Artbot! Lesson Plan (Montessori Format) Welcome to our first lesson plan here at STEMopotamus.com.

Make an Artbot! Lesson Plan (Montessori Format)

This is a curriculum for building an Artbot with a small motor, batteries, connectors, and an LED light. The actual “robot” is not a computer science project. It is, however, an interactive, fun project that reinforces how circuits work, and incorporates art, making this a STEAM project. Thank you to KitHub for providing two of their motorized bot projects in order to create the lesson plan. You may have noticed the title of this post says, “Montessori.” The lesson plan is available as a blog post and also as a downloadable PDF file, which is suitable for adding to your STEM / STEAM album or Teacher’s idea notebook. Prerequisites: Basic understanding of circuits (optional) Basic understanding of an Atom (electrons) STEM/STEAM Subject(s): Engineering, Art. Scribbling Machines. Some of the many uses of strawberry baskets: structural support for scribbling machines!

Scribbling Machines

An offset weight on a motor, a power source, a supporting structure, and a writing implement: the prototypical scribbling machine. Troubleshooting a top-heavy contraption. A clever switch to turn the contraption on and off! Typically, we arrange participants around a communal table to encourage sharing of ideas. Facilitation is crucial: both with Tinkering Studio staff, and between parents and children. Even very young tinkerers can be successful if properly supported. When doing this activity outdoors, we have experimented with chalk instead of markers! And, since the sun is a plentiful resource, why not add solar panels instead of batteries? Tiny modifications lead to big changes in behavior, and it takes observational skills to troubleshoot. Make a Scribbling Machine. Collect these things: 1.5-3.0 volt motor [link]Note: You can find motors in all sorts of mechanical toys and common household objects; we encourage you to salvage one instead of buying it!

Make a Scribbling Machine

AA battery A piece of hot melt glue stick Broccoli band (thick rubber bands used for produce) Markers Recyclable container such as a strawberry basket or yogurt cup Masking tape Paper for testing Some other helpful materials: Clothespins; Popsicle sticks; wood skewer sticks; pipe cleaners; wire; nuts, washers, or other small weights; wire stripper; scissors; small screwdriver; googly eyes. Scribble Machine. A scribble machine is a “vibrobot” (vibrating bot) with “legs” than make marks.

Scribble Machine

This project describes one popular scribble machine design, but feel free to make yours with any materials in any shape or size. Scribble machines work best on a large surface, so break out that big roll of paper and get marking! To avoid scribbling on everything, limit your machine’s range by surrounding it with a 2″+ wall of cardboard, or wood 2″x4″s. Most scribble machines use pens, but any mark-making tool will work. Try chalk on cement, whiteboard markers on plastic, watercolors on paper… you can even make anti-scribble machines with erasers! Also Thanks to The Tinkering Studio at the Exploratorium for introducing me, along with countless others, to scribble machines. Make an Art Bot.

Tutorial: ArtBot - Digital Harbor Foundation. ArtBot. The Mad Scientists Club. Art + Robots = Crazy Fun!

The Mad Scientists Club

The G3 scientists and I LOVED this most recent program that tested our skills on the gadget/gizmo end of the spectrum. With a few simple items from the dollar store plus a little tenacity (some of the connections can be a little finicky), we created with our own hands some nifty “robots” that created art! I’ll stray a bit from my usual style of blog posts to include step-by-step instructions with pictures below (as I found that particularly handy in explaining the project to others). There are many sites that actually provide instructions for how to create versions of artbots, but I rarely found one with pictures (and personally I find visual references very helpful). So here goes! Materials STEP ONE: Test the toothbrush battery and motor Step 1 This is a simple enough test. STEP TWO: Removing the battery casing Step 2B Step 2A This step takes a little muscle and the needle-nosed pliers. Art Bot: Build a Wobbly Robot Friend That Creates Art.

MegandMom said: 2016-01-13 09:23:01 What was the most important thing you learned?

Art Bot: Build a Wobbly Robot Friend That Creates Art

Matching the right materials together to stablize the Art Bot, made out of basic home products. The 9V powered motor was a challenge to keep the parts connected. Our prototype connected by tape only fell apart and was quite uncontrollable. This second built Art Bot, connected with Art hot glue gun and a sturdier cup met the challenge. What problems did you encounter? Can you suggest any improvements or ideas? Overall, how would you rate the quality of this project? What is your enthusiasm for science after doing your project? Compared to a typical science class, please tell us how much you learned doing this project. How to Build a Scribbling Machine.