Friday, May 27, 2016

Superhero Robot Design Challenge

 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.



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