A while back I was invited to a meeting of the 113th Ottawa Girl Guides. Their leader thought they would enjoy making some doodling robots. We covered a couple of tables in brown paper and spread out some basic supplies like duct tape and scissors. Without showing them a sample, I handed out cups, markers, motors, batteries, wire and corks and I issued them a challenge. I told them they had everything they needed to make a robot that doodled. At first, they didn't quite believe me. Before we sat down I had shown them how to hook up the wires to the motor and make a circuit with the battery. Now it was time to try it themselves.
Girl Guides are girls in grades 4 - 6. The 113th are the local troop, meaning most of these girls are in school with my sons. It was fun to spend some with them and watch them work. And they did such a great job! I saw lots of great thinking and new ideas.
One girl flipped up the bottom of her cup to make a face:
Another girl took the time to work out some plans on the paper before she began:
As the evening went on, lots of girls began experimenting with what was used to offset the motor. Some girls started using electrical tape. One girl started making something a little more elaborate:
Every robot was unique. And they all doodled. I loved seeing all the different designs they came up with. And I loved hearing this most of all. (Make sure you've got your sound on to hear this!)