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ERIC Number: EJ988219
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-6463
Building a Better Robot
Navah, Jan
SchoolArts: The Art Education Magazine for Teachers, v111 n5 p38-39 Jan 2012
Kids love to build robots, letting their imaginations run wild with thoughts of what they might look like and what they could be programmed to do. Yet when students use cereal boxes and found objects to make robots, often the projects look too similar and tend to fall apart. This alternative allows students to "build" robots in a different way, along with creating a futuristic environment where their robots might live. In this lesson, students use an assortment of found objects to print their robots onto pieces of 12 x 18" black construction paper, using white tempera paint. Dipping the objects into paper plates of white paint, students soon realize that a gentle touch and less paint works well, and the robots quickly begin to take shape. When the paint is dry, students cut out the robots, being careful to leave a small amount of the black paper showing around the edges. Students should carefully examine their robots and decide upon a setting in which they can "live." Futuristic comic books, video games, and cartoons can be perused for ideas, or students can work solely from imagination. (Contains 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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