Makerspaces - Module 12 (Simple Robots)

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Minds On


What is the role of robotics in our classrooms?


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What 21st century skills are being used when students build simple robots? How could we use robotics to motivate and engage our students? What curricular connections can you see? Add to the Minds On Discussion by clicking here.


Let’s Explore!


video about making simple robots Click on the shopping list icon for a list of materials you will need.

You don’t have to have fancy equipment or a large budget to have your students begin to explore robotics. There are quite a few simple robots you can make using common household items!


The Bristlebot:



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My first Bristlebot:



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Bristlebots invade our house:



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The Scribblebot



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Fun Scribblebot Variation .... Minion Artbot:


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Need more ideas? Check out the Additional Resources below.  When you’re ready, give simple robotics a whirl! (Again, pun intended)




Take a picture/video of a project you created and post it to module twelves discussion. What did you like about this experience? How would you modify, extend or use this experience for learners in the classroom? What might you like to try next?


Click here to add to the Consolidation Discussion on Simple Robotics. We encourage you to read through the posts of your peers and to comment/contribute where you feel a connection.


Additional Resources:



LEGO Bugzbot:

Bristlebot Workbook:

Bristlebot PBS Kids:

Make Your Own Bristlebot:

Evil Mad Scientist Bristlebot Guide:

Giant Bristlebot:

Making Simple Robots:

Exploratorium Scribblebots Guide:

The Tinkering Studio Resource Guide:

Instructructables Guide:

Artbot Tutorial:

Pool Noodle Artbot:

How to Build a Scribbling Machine:

Scribblebot Handouts:




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