How can we make a positive difference in our world through design?
Fifth graders set out to do just that: design and sculpt a “superhero robot” intended to solve a real world problem.
Students began by identifying the problem .... and developing a concept.
Varieties of materials were used to construct a prototype. Students held pieces together with masking tape and tacky glue while I manned the hot glue gun .
When a sturdy robot was ready, designers took their sculptures out to spray paint. So exciting! Some thing they learned: styrofoam melts when spray painted .... another chance to turn a mistake into an opportunity!
Next, it was time to design a logo. Kids identified famous logos and we discussed what makes them memorable. They set out to draw a few thumbnail sketches and developed their favorite into a logo design for the front of their robot.
The job of glue-gun-master and project manager allows for no photography time, but suffice it to say the the art studio hummed as designers added specific details, materials, and equipment.
Robot sculpture complete? √ Check
Students were then asked to do three more things:
1.Write an artist statement in their art journal.
Write in first person, as if they were the robot, explaining its purpose.
2. Take a photo of their robot with an iPad.
3. Upload their robot photograph into Chatter Pix iPad app. Read the artist statement into the microphone to produce a video of a talking robot.
A big thank you to the kindhearted and supportive fifth grade teacher who made time to for the kids to complete the ChatterPix.
Still with me here? Finally, I uploaded the videos online. We finished JUST IN TIME for display at the Visual Arts Festival!
Art show visitors scan QR codes to see the Superhero Robot videos.
|You can watch the Superhero Robot videos here.|