2 x 45-minute Periods
In this lesson the student will build their first moving robot with Strawbees and Quirkbot. They will learn to translate the motion of a motor to a funny, useful or meaningful movement. They will also familiarise themselves with the materials like the Quirkbot, the Backpack and the Servo motor.
Depending on needs, this lesson can be split and taught in two 45-minute periods. With a 15 minute break seperating two sessions for a break or clean-up. An additional 15 minute session at the end is for clean-up.
Familiarity with the basic components Quirkbot, Backpack and Servo Motor.
Explore basic ways to connect the Quirkbot and Servo Motor to Strawbees structures.
Explore basic ways to make a structure move and come up with creative ways to interpret and use the movement.
Collaborate as a team to build on the ideas of others and tell a story together about what is created.
Practice practical problem solving by testing different ways to build and modify their robot.
Reflect on what robots are and how they can be useful or entertaining for individuals and society.
Preferrably the teacher have tried building some basic robots or inventions with Strawbees/Quirkbot either by following our online tutorial or by participating in a teacher training workshop before the lesson.
Make sure the Servo Motor Mounts and 2-Legged Strawbees Servo Motor Arms are attached to the Servo Motors.
Have a set of scissors handy for students for trimming and sculpting structures.
Place containers of materials to the side of the room until students are ready to build.
Have additional small caddies or bowls around the room on desks or the floor to collect cut or broken straws pieces to save for future projects and help with cleanup.
Asking the Question: What are robots, and where are they in society? Discuss some examples from for instance: industry, home, manufacturing, social, software bots.
The Quirkbot has many opportunities and features and all of them don't need to be understood and introduced directly. The features that can preferably be presented at the start of the lesson is the following:
Divide the class into groups of 2 or 3 and give out the Strawbees materials including 1 Quirkbot with backpack and motor per group.
The task now is to freely explore and build. There are some key tips and tricks that can be help during this step:
This step is not mandatory. As inspiration you can show pictures movies or previously built creations as inspiration for the next step. #quirkbot on Instagram
Challenge is to build a Moving Creature or Robot and:
Remeber that buiding anything that moves can be a robot! Encurage the students to start with what was built during the free buidning.
Use the same groups as before.
This part can preferably be extended. The longer the process goes on the more interesting things happens.
Trust the process!
For groups that are struggling the same key tips that are under Free building are useful here.
Give each group one minute to show their creation and tell the name of it.