StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Boats

Boat STEM Challenge

Hoist the anchor, hold the mainstay, and grab a pool noodle! Our last #summerSTEMchallenge is all about buoyancy, and it’s made with materials you probably already have at home!

Challenge: Create a boat and find out how much weight your boat can hold without sinking.

Materials:

Step 1: Cut the noodle

👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job. Using a craft knife (we used a bread knife!) cut a 1 inch disk off the noodle.

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Step 2: Set the sails

Print out the StoryBots Sails and tape a stick to the back (we used coffee stirrers).

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Step 3: Put it all together

Insert the sail firmly into the noodle.

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Step 4: Experiment time!

Try out your boat in a kiddie pool, the sink, the tub, or a shallow tub. How can you make this project even better?

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Extension Ideas

Try out these extension ideas:

  • How can you change the sail to improve your boat?
  • How many pennies (or other cargo) can your boat hold?
  • Can you add a motor?

Where are you sailing YOUR boat? In the bathtub? The ocean? In your cereal? Let us know and include #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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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!

Noodle STEM Challenge

StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Cars

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Cars are cool! Especially cars that you make yourself.

We had our StoryBots take this STEM Challenge and you’re gonna love what they came up with. The best part? It’s a STEM Challenge that anyone can complete!

Challenge: Create a cardboard tube car and design it’s power source.

Let’s look at what you need, the instructions…then let’s check out our results!

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Step 1: Find some rolls

Grab some cardboard paper rolls (aka toilet paper rolls). I grabbed five since I was going to make one for each StoryBot! This is the first step because I always forget to save them…just give yourself some time to collect these.

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Step 2: Gather Supplies

Get the supplies…don’t limit yourself to traditional
items! Maker spaces need the most random things. I used markers, glue, pipe cleaners, and construction paper.

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Step 3: Paint

Paint the rolls your favorite color! I painted one tube for each StoryBot!

Step 4: Create an opening

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👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job.

Using scissors or a craft knife, cut out three sides of a rectangle, leaving one side intact. Fold the flap inwards and secure with a paperclip.

Step 5: Design Your Engine!

Here’s where the planning comes in. What powers your car? We decided each StoryBots’ car would probably be powered by something different. Take a look at what we came up with. Hopefully these will inspire your own creations!

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  • Name: Beep
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • Powered by: Curiosity 🔎

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  • Name: Bang
  • Favorite Color: Blue
  • Powered by: Music 🎶

Bing Driving Car

  • Name: Bing
  • Favorite Color: Yellow
  • Powered by: Pizza 🍕

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  • Name: Boop
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Powered by: Grumpy Power ☂️

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  • Name: Bo
  • Favorite Color: RAINBOW
  • Powered by: Sparkles!!! 🦄

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What’s gonna power your car? Carrots? Cats? Combs? 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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