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Thursday, October 1, 2015

More than a littleBit of Fun

Robert the Robot with eyes that light up and an arm that moves, a fire-breathing dragon, an electronic piano that soon may play a tune.

Our third graders are having a blast designing and building these and other of their own original creations with littleBits electronics.
The boys are using the electronics pieces to make circuits that combine input pieces with output pieces.

They work in teams in a process focused on the trial and error strategy for problem solving; this is how they figure out the best way to assemble parts to successfully create a circuit and learn the importance of proper sequencing.

Asked what challenges they encountered along the way, their answers included "when the fan broke," "building the actual body," and "having to keep trying over and over."

But it's precisely these struggles that lead to light bulb moments of understanding on the road to success, and excited exclamations like "Mr. Donnelly, Mr. Donnelly, look! I made the light sensor work!"

In the clip below, boys who created "Robert" share why they selected a 'robot' for their project.

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