As part of our Tink 2013: Land locking Plastics camp at The Cooperative School we made robots.
Step #1: Design: The children were allowed to explore our collection of plastic lids, bags, containers, bottle caps and miscellaneous plastic pieces. They were asked to think about how they wanted their robot to look as they explored. What would the body look like? Will your robot have arms & legs and how many? Will it have a head and/or a face? Will it still be a robot?
Step #3: Put it all together: How are you going to connect the pieces without using tape? Will it stay together and be durable? We offered a glue gun, rubber bands, brads and small plastic pieces as connectors. This step required revisiting as everyone played with different ideas and made multiple attempts with different methods until each robot was complete.
Step #4: Adding a level of fun, exploring electronics and creating many learning opportunities. I didn’t have enough motors for each child to make moving robots but I did have old holiday lights, batteries and electrical wire. A few of the challenges we faced were that some of the batteries were old and didn’t work well. When we got new batteries they quickly burned out the lights. The kids decided to try stringing two lights together to handle the output of the batteries. After figuring out how to string them together and maintain a circuit we had success! The final challenge was finding a way to attach the lights and batteries for the most dramatic effect. A couple of kids started making switches out of paperclips and brads to they could conceal the battery inside the robot. Others chose to mount the battery on the outside and manually connect and disconnect the wires when needed.
After working hard each morning to make robots out of totally recycled materials the children at the Tink 2013 get to enjoy the fab outdoor space at Takoma Park Cooperative school. It's lovely to see older children enjoying some of the activities that are familiar to anyone who follows this amazing coooperative school.
|What lucky children that they get to enjoy this fab playground|
|Making moats & paths in the sand.|
|Adults versus children for a tug of war!|
|Enjoying the tea house|
Once again there were so many great posts linked up, many with a muddy theme but my favourite was from The Boy & Me on cooking marshmallows on a campfire. I love that this mum is working her way through the '50 things to do before you are 11 &3/4' list & have loved watching the various adventures The Boy has had because of this list.
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