Art is more than just a paintbrush and a canvas. We'll show your students how art can be made using batteries, motors, circuits and their very own DrawBot. Our Record Player Spirograph--a big hit at Maker Faires in the region—also will draw students' attention to the close connection between mathematics and art. This program really puts the A in STEAM!
Major Concepts to Be Explored:
- Electronic components and circuits
- Electrical conductors and insulators
- Engineering design principles
- Free-choice artistic expression
3.V.2, 3.V.3, 4.V.2, 4.V.3, 4.P.2.1, 4.P.3.1, 5.V.2; 5.V.3; 5.P.1.1, 6.V.2, 6.V.3, 6.P.3.3, 7.V.2, 7.V.3, 7.P.2.3, 7.P.2.4, 8.V.2, 8.V.3, PSc.3.3
Goals of the Class:
- Participants will design, build and test an electrically-powered mechanical drawing device (DrawBot).
- Participants will make at least one significant change or adjustment to their DrawBot to improve its performance or artistic outcome.
- Participants will predict and test the electrical insulating and conducting abilities of various materials and choose materials most suitable for their DrawBot.
- Participants will test the properties and usefulness of various electrical components including batteries, motors, LEDs, wire and more.
- Participants will observe the effects of friction and mechanical leverage on various drawing devices such as the Record Player Spirograph and make changes to produce a more desirable artistic outcome.
Participants will be able to:
- Develop a DrawBot prototype and then improve upon that initial version using engineering design principles.
- Investigate how changes to their DrawBot design will affect the overall performance of their DrawBot with respect to their own chosen artistic goals.
- Test various electrical components for use on their DrawBots and select those that best achieve their own chosen artistic goals.
- Investigate how changes to their Record Player Spirograph design will affect the overall performance of their Record Player Spirograph with respect to their own chosen artistic goals.
Methods and Activities:
- A Discovery Place Science Educator will explain and demonstrate the behaviors of electrical insulators and conductors and an assortment of additional electronic components.
- A Discovery Place Science Educator will explain and demonstrate the essentials of an electronic circuit.
- Participants will design and test their own electronic circuits.
- Participants will design and build DrawBots based on their electronic circuits.
- Participants will observer the behavior of their DrawBots and compare it to their chosen artistic goals.
- Participants will make at least one significant change to their first DrawBot model or design showing improvement based upon their testing.
- Participants will observer the behavior of a Record Player Spirograph and will make at least one change to the Record Player Spirograph showing the difference of mechanical position or friction on their resulting design.
friction, battery, circuit, wire, LED, electron, atom, proton, neutron, switch, composition
Call to Book704.372.6261 x300
- Grades 3 - 8
- Duration: 50 minutes
$14 PER STUDENT, PLUS ADDITIONAL MATERIAL COST OF $3 PER PARTICIPANT (INCLUDES MUSEUM ADMISSION)
- Minimum 15 students