A simple robotic puppet. Use a button to make him talk.
Elementary (ages 8-10)
MODULES & ACCESSORIES USED (6)
OTHER MATERIALS USED (3)
cd spindle case
packing taperubber bandsSmall Screwdriver
Students will be able to
– create and test a circuit containing a power source, inputs, and outputs
– construct a prototype of an art machine using Little Bits and other materials
– test their prototypes and make improvements
– self-assess their work based on the outlined success criteria rubric and constraints
– demonstrate their ability to create, play, remix, and share an invention through the Little Bits Invention Cycle by recording their process in the invention log
– communicate their process and share their invention by presenting a short show utilizing their puppet
– Invention Log
– Design Rubric
Standards (NJ Student Learning Standards)
– 8.2 – Technology Education, Engineering, Design, and Computational Thinking – Programming: All students will develop an understanding of the nature and impact of technology, engineering, technological design, computational thinking and the designed world as they relate to individual, global society, and the environment.
Duration: 20-25 minutes
Credits: Kathleen Casazza & Cassidy Napoli
STEP 1 : Collect your bits
You will need the battery, power connector, power bit, button bit, long wire, and servo bit. Besides littleBits, you will need packing tape, rubber bands, paper clips, and a mounting surface (a cd spindle case works well. Also a puppet (you can make your own out of paper or an old sock!).
STEP 2 : Connect the bits
Plug in the battery. Connect the power bit to the button bit. Connect the button bit to the long wire. Connect that to the servo bit. Set the servo bit to ‘turn’ mode.
STEP 3 : Prepare the servo
Use rubber bands and paper clips to give the servo ‘arms’.
STEP 4 : Mount the servo
Using tape or other mounting materials, affix one arm of the servo permanently to the mounting platform (top of cd container in this case).
STEP 5 : Add the puppet
Now stretch the puppet over the servo arm, so that the top half of his mouth has the arm stuck in it. You now have a working puppet bot!