Beginner Engineer: DIY Doodlebot or Jigglebot

Step 1) Materials you'll need

It depends on what you want to make!
Very simple version:

  • vibrating motor
  • button battery
  • popsicle stick 
  • some kind of feet
 
Fancy Doodlebug Setup:
  • vibrating motor
  • DC switch
  • AA battery holder
  • AA battery
  • foam raft
  • three markers
 
 

I have been buying these supplies in bulk so my students can all have access. Teachers can purchase sets for their classrooms and share in the bulk prices. 

Step Two: Spend time brainstorming

This is the most important step – do not skip it! Innovative Arts students use the random idea generator (instructions here) to generate possible ideas. The full course on creativity can be found here.    

Ideas to customize this project - make yours unique

  • Are there light objects that could jiggle around?
  • What is the tallest possible jigglebot?
  • What other materials can you use?
  • Where else could you test your jigglebot?

Step Three: Start Assembly

Step Four: Adjust after your first attempts

As you build, you will probably think of improvements to make or ways to make your project better. You may even decide to start over with a better idea. Most projects need several changes before they are finished!

Sharing Our Projects

Innovative Arts students complete this project as the work toward becoming an Engineer. See all of the creator courses here. Use the hashtag #puzzleshiftcreate and #PSCengineer and we can all see the cool things that our students are creating!

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