When I go to the library with the kids, I end up coming across books I wouldn’t ordinarily see. I recently stumbled on Robotics: DISCOVER THE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY OF THE FUTURE in the kids section.
Although this book is targeted at older children, and my children aren’t particularly interested in robotics, we still had fun completing a couple of the simpler projects at home.
First, we built a mechanical hand with cardboard, drinking straws, string, and a glue gun. This was a great craft, because my six year old could complete all the assembly steps (given guidance) and the completed project was unanticipated, functional and fun.
Next, we built a drawing robot, which consisted of a plastic cup, tape, an electric motor with an added weight (like a mobile phone or pager vibrator), batteries, and markers. This craft required more assistance – I connected the batteries, and the weight to the motor. My six year old assembled the cup and the markers, and shot video footage.
Here’s what the output looked like: