Robotics

Robotics2020-02-14T09:52:34+00:00

Cubetto

Cubetto is a fantastic tool to teach children the basics of coding. It’s a simple robot who obey to order written on the side panel and which it communicates via bluetooth. The really interesting part reside in its design that makes it completely autonomous and the children can self correct themselves.
We used it a lot at Nido as an extra-curricular activity but we feel like now it’s time to implement it into our curriculum, therefore from now on we will offer a variety of robotics activity to children to do during the work cycle. As the children get older the activity and material will get more complex.

Electro dough

A very good way to introduce children to electronics might be the electric dough. We will do with the smaller ones, electric dough such as electro  dough which we already used many times and is tones of fun. According to wire we can make our own so the possibilities are endless; here is the recipe:

 

1// Make the insulating dough
Mix 1½ cups flour, ½ cup sugar, 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, ½ cup distilled water, and food dye in a medium-size bowl. Stir until doughy. Turn out onto a flour-coated surface and knead.

2// Cook the conductive dough
Mix 1½ cups flour, ¼ cup salt, 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 cup tap water, food dye, and 3 Tbsp. cream of tartar in a pot over medium heat. Stir constantly until the dough thickens. Lay out on a floured surface to cool. (Keep small fingers away—it’ll be hot.)

3// Complete the circuit
Sandwich a piece of insulating dough between two balls of conductive dough. Insert the terminals of a DC power supply (one that takes two AAs or four AAAs, available at electronics shops) into each conductive piece and join them with an LED. Let there be light!

 

Electro dough

A very good way to introduce children to electronics might be the electric dough. We will do with the smaller ones, electric dough such as electro  dough which we already used many times and is tones of fun. According to wire we can make our own so the possibilities are endless; here is the recipe:

 

1// Make the insulating dough
Mix 1½ cups flour, ½ cup sugar, 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil, ½ cup distilled water, and food dye in a medium-size bowl. Stir until doughy. Turn out onto a flour-coated surface and knead.

2// Cook the conductive dough
Mix 1½ cups flour, ¼ cup salt, 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil, 1 cup tap water, food dye, and 3 Tbsp. cream of tartar in a pot over medium heat. Stir constantly until the dough thickens. Lay out on a floured surface to cool. (Keep small fingers away—it’ll be hot.)

3// Complete the circuit
Sandwich a piece of insulating dough between two balls of conductive dough. Insert the terminals of a DC power supply (one that takes two AAs or four AAAs, available at electronics shops) into each conductive piece and join them with an LED. Let there be light!

 

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