I found a great product that makes building electronic circuits super easy & FUN for kids - it's called littleBits . littleBits are small electronic pieces that can be put together in all sorts of different ways to create circuits that make things move, light up, buzz, etc. All the pieces snap together magnetically & the littleBits website is full of ideas. For my second graders first littleBits creation, I chose an artbot (a robot that vibrates and creates unique artwork!) idea submitted by The Maker Mom.
My students snapped together a 9V battery power source and an extender wire. They then connected a vibrator motor to a cup that we taped markers to. Connected the motor to the wire, flipped the power source switch to the ON position and TADA!!! The artbots started vibrating all over the white paper, creating these cool designs!!
My students loved making these! What a fun way to teach the basics of a closed circuit along with some robotics and engineering lessons.
Have you seen this video that has gone viral? As of today, it's been viewed over 7 million times! It's advertising a product called Goldie Blox that encourages girls to be engineers.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!