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TSAS Juniors: Instruments Learned, We Begin to Write Songs

After SchoolSean Murray

Last session, we presented our youngest builders with DC motors, batteries, wire, common school supplies...and very little instruction our direction. It was kind of like giving kids a musical instrument they'd never seen before, and just encouraging them to explore the possibilities.

Franklin and Maite set up the Franklin and Maite set up the "robot zoo" where their creations will skitter, doodle, waddle, roll, tumble...

This session, our builders came in with a working knowledge of the materials, and clear understanding of what they might build--they had learned their instruments, and were ready to write songs.

Scarlett tests a two-cork doodling waddler.

Franklin loads a bit into a chuck (as opposed to a quick release) for the very first time!

It was really satisfying to see the full shift from struggle to mastery, and to see kids catch on to the idea that sharing and copying of ideas can be a very good thing!

Tests under way, robots under production...great creativity and flow among our group!


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