The event focused on Hull as a City of Culture, Enterprising People, STEM and Digital, so we planned and delivered an activity used through the Research and Play project.
We challenged the visiting Y4 children (over 200 of them!) to ‘design and build a robot that’ll draw it’s own work of art’.
They collaborated through a ‘Scribblebot Challenge’ and worked in pairs to explore computational thinking as they built their robot. At the end of each 20 minute maker session we shared what each robot had created.
Children developed creative circuits and explored complexity using variables such as motors, switches and artistic additions to their design. Ice-lolly sticks became a favourite design addition!
The secret to success came with identifying ‘failures’ and using design iterations to improve their final robot creation.
Final robot masterpiece were definite STEM to STEAM masterpieces.
Full photo gallery here