In this Remarkable Idea, students will build a simple robot that scribbles on paper. Students can find creative ways to change or improve the robot.
- Cause and Effect
- Alternative methods of access
- 16-oz Plastic disposable cup
- Electric Toothbrush with AA or AAA batteries (more than one if robots are going to “battle”)
- Battery Device Adapter AA/AAA Size (more than one if robots are going to “battle”)
- Jelly Bean switch
- QuickTalker 7
2. Create your QuickTalker 7 overlay using AbleNet’s Symbol Overlay Maker.
2. Attach the Battery Device Adapter to the electric toothbrush.
3. Tape the electric toothbrush to the bottom of the cup (do not cover up the on/off switch.)
4. Attach the Jelly Bean switch to the Battery Device Adapter.
5. Students activate the Jelly Bean switch to turn on the Scribbling Robot.
6. Challenge students to come up with ways to change the design or make it better, knowing all of them may not work, students could test different models.
Use something instead of markers (paintbrushes, crayons, rubber stamps, etc.)
Use a different medium instead of paper (cardboard, sand, flour, etc.)
Students can break into teams to design a robot that they think is best. Choose a medium that everyone will work on.
Assign or allow each team to choose a color.
“Battle” the robots against each other. Have two robots at a time work for one minute to see which one will cover more of the paper.
A hobby motor could be used in place of an electric toothbrush.
Use pom poms, pipe cleaners, googly eyes, yarn, etc. to decorate the scribble robots.
Different types of weights attached at various points on the robot may yield different results. Metal washers are an easy to attach additional weight.