Great Idea For Teachers: Robots And Play Dough
Teachers, heads up: here’s a great idea for using a MakerBot in the classroom.
This robot mashup project on Thingiverse is a way to get kids thinking about making, 3D modeling and design, and electronics. The files provided include 5 body options, 5 head options, 6 hat options, 4 hip options, and 3 leg options (plus 4 non-leg base options). That’s 4,200 different robot possibilities! Thingiverse user Oblomobka writes that the printable files available are meant to be combined with foam pieces, making the possibilities even more numerous.
In addition to the body parts, the kids used conductive play-dough to make some simple circuits for powering LED eyes. The Thingiverse page links to the homemade Squishy Circuits play dough from the fantastic AnnMarie Thomas.
As always, someone has shared resources on Thingiverse for everyone everywhere to take for free. Maybe the next person will figure out how to add in some motors and get these robots moving.
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