So many robots! One of the main projects the kids worked on at the CWC Galaxy Camp was to design and build a robot model—and then write about it.
We started by taking lots of inspiration from robots in books and film, including some of my favorites, such as Tik-Tok of Oz, C3PO and R2D2. It helps that I have my own voice-controlled R2D2 droid, which really helped the kids think about quirky characteristics they could give to their own creations.
After the inspiration process, we moved on to the robot construction. After selecting a variety of components, the students drafted up a blueprint or design for their robots. Then the set to work building the actual models.
Along the way, they worked on three separate writing components: an instruction manual, a short story (in which a character failed to follow the instruction manual), and, finally, a commercial to advertise the robot.
I’ve done this project a few times in the past, but this has been the most successful. I think it was because I had them pick their parts before designing, so it really helped direct the students.
Here’s a few photos of their creations . . .