StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Bots

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Team 341B is into learning. Like really into learning. They love it so much it’s their full-time job. For this Summer STEM Challenge, we decided to create some StoryBots who actually move…or dance!

Challenge: Design a battery-powered dancing StoryBot!

Materials:

Step 1: Cut the noodle

👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job. You’ll need to cut the pool noodle to a smaller size. I cut Bang to about 7 inches tall. You need to make sure it’s tall enough for the toothbrush to fit inside.

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Step 2: Load the motor

In our case, the motor is an electric toothbrush. If possible, pop the top brush part off.

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Step 3: Cut out the eyes

Download and print out our StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge Eyes! Use the same color, or mix it up! It’s your StoryBot, right?! Attach the eyes with tape or glue.

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Step 4: Insert toothpicks in the bottom

Being very careful with the toothpicks, insert three into the bottom, making a triangle. This will help reduce friction and make your StoryBot a little more mobile! *To make your StoryBot less sharp, try cutting off the pointy tip of each toothpick.

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Step 5: Power UP!

Switch the toothbrush on, then place on a very smooth surface. You StoryBot should wiggle, spin, and even travel a little. What surfaces work best with your StoryBot?


Extension Ideas

There’s many variables you can change:

  • Make your StoryBots really short or super tall!
  • Can you make a track (with walls) that the StoryBot can follow?
  • Attach markers, crayons, paint brushes, or colored pencils to your StoryBot to create a StoryBots Doodle Bot! Place on a piece of paper to create a masterpiece.
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We attached markers to our StoryBot to create a wiggly, squiggly work of art!

What does your StoryBot do? Draw? Spin? Chase the cat? Let’s us know and use the #summerSTEMchallenge on Instagram and Twitter! Don’t forget to tag us, @StoryBots!

Hope your summer is full of curiosity, questions, and some really silly songs. You can find even more fun stuff at StoryBots.com!

Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs are streaming all-summer on Netflix. Check it out!

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Innovative new site, Educade, features StoryBots with teacher-created lesson plans

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Exciting news! StoryBots has just been featured on Educade.org, a new and completely free site where teachers can share lesson plans, ideas and learning tools for a variety of subjects and grade levels.

Educade is a portal designed to “meet the needs of teachers and parents everywhere by providing the largest online library of free, ready to use lesson plans paired with engaging and innovative learning tools, enabling teachers to maximize their impact on student learning.” Since Educade’s launch, teachers have been posting the innovative ways they’re using technology in the classroom.

Here’s a look at a couple of the amazing educators who have created lesson plans based on the StoryBots learning tools!

Featured Lesson Plan: The Letter J

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Nina photoNina Neulight is an experienced educator with a doctoral degree in Educational Psychology from UCLA, and in-classroom experience having taught grades K through 12. She has created a lesson plan all about The Letter J, based on StoryBots’ ABC Videos and ABC Lyric Sheets. Check out her ideas on introducing the letter and new vocabulary words, using props and encouraging kinesthetic learning!
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Featured Lesson Plan: Biggest Pizza Ever

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deborahraphaelDeborah Raphael works in the LAUSD Arts Education Branch and is an advisor on Educational Technology and the Arts. Using Starring You Books, her lesson featuring The Biggest Pizza Ever uses a dynamic cross-curricular approach, integrated with multiple English Language Core Standards and Common Core 21st Century goals. This lesson not only brings stories alive using theater concepts, but is also a very creative use of the Starring You Books by StoryBots, that can be adapted for K-5th grades. It focuses on a wide range of skills including speaking, listening, estimating, collaboration as well as pantomime, tableau, problem solving and improvisation. As we were lucky enough to see first-hand, Ms. Raphael’s lesson kept her students super engaged and excited to learn!

Check out the StoryBots learning tools on Educade here!

Happy Hallo-wallo-ween!

Halloween is quickly creeping up, and we’ve got a trick-or-treat bag FULL of fun ways that you can celebrate the spooky season.

First, Halloween Friends, our new Starring You Book for October, is out! This unearthly story tells the tale of a mysterious group of friends trick-or-treating, showing off their unusual tricks to earn their treats. Download in the Starring You Books app.

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We’ve also launched a brand new page just for Halloween activities, which you can find at StoryBots.com/halloween. Here, you can make your very own StoryBots Hallo-wallo-ween video, as the StoryBots call Halloween, where you can cast up to 5 faces! Your family can dance Hallo-wallo-ween night away as a werewolf, mummy, vampire, ghost, and Frankenstein. Make your own here!

You can also cast this video on the go, using the StoryBots Halloween iPhone/iPad app, completely free to download in the App Store.
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Lastly, we have a wide variety of Halloween activities, including coloring pages, letter tracing practice, mazes, recipes, and word searches! Download the entire packet for free here.

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Have a safe and happy Hallo-wallo-ween!