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Celebrate National Robotics Week (April 4–12) and Earth Day with these fun-to-make robots!

This activity is appropriate for:
kindergarten – 5th grade / 5 – 10 years

You will need:

Directions

  1. Have each student select a recycled box to use for the robot.
  2. Invite students to cover the front, back, top and sides of their boxes by gluing on the colored foil sheets. (You may want to complete this step in advance for younger students.)
  3. Encourage children to decorate the robot using the glitter painters, construction paper (cut into shapes they choose), wiggly eyes and a variety of collage materials (e.g., buttons, beads, bolts, gems, etc.).
  4. Have students glue pipe stems to the top of the box robot for antennae and to the bottom for legs!

Learning Extension

Explain to students that National Robotics Week is celebrated in April. Discuss how robots make some things easier to do (e.g., car manufacturing, space exploration, medical procedures and so on). Tell students you are going to read a make-believe story about a very special robot. Then read aloud The Robot Book by Heather Brown. To further extend learning, encourage students to visit the following websites: “My Robot Is Better Than Your Robot” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYuOKb3gO7E) and http://gizmodo.com/5831235/william-hosts-dean-kamens-robotics-championship.
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