STEAM

Scribblebot: Full STEAM Ahead

“Art classrooms that rely on students ‘playing’ with materials and discussing findings to create understandings, rather than teacher led discussions and demonstrations, can act as a starting place for design thinking. . . It is the reciprocity between student and materials, along with fellow students and teachers in the class, which helps students construct understandings.” (p. 38, Gross & Gross, 2016)

scribblebot-in-action

Three sixth-graders designed the scribblebot with a nine-volt battery in the circuit to increase the strength of the vibrating motor (hot glue stick off center on the spindle). They were impressed with the power their design showed and attributed the random change-of-direction shown in the clip above to the “OP” (game jargon for “over-powerful”) design. It took two courageous designers to pick up the bot and start the redesign process for the next iteration.

Reference: Gross, K. and Gross, S. (2016), Transformation: Constructivism, Design Thinking, and Elementary STEAM, Art Education Vol 69, No. 6.

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s