What does a toothbrush head, a cell battery, a tiny motor, double-stick tape, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners all have in common? These are the materials you need to make your own “Bristle Bot Robot.” During technology class in 6th grade, students were able to create and design their robot using the materials above. As the students proceeded through this STEM activity, they had to use their knowledge of design, circuitry and physics to make sure that:
- The Bristle Bot was balanced and could stand up.
- The battery and the motor were properly connected so the motor would run properly, and the robot would move.
- The Bristle Bot was designed well using creativity and precise manufacturing (so pieces were placed correctly and wouldn’t fall off).
So what were the results of the STEM Bristle Bot activity? A ton of laughter and fun! Plus, the students gained some basic knowledge about motors, circuitry and creating a basic robot.
By: Mrs. Grack, Technology Teacher