Scribble Bots

Scribble Bots are motorized, playful robots that bounce, spin, bump and move, leaving a mark on paper to trace their paths.  The initial basic design results in Bots that tend to move in circles. After a Battle of the (Basic) Bots, students are challenged to alter subsystem components to enable the Bot to draw a straight line. As students redesign their Bots to meet this specific task, the students tinker, test, and analyze malfunctions. The iterative process of invention continues with students questioning and experimenting in their quest for the best Bot ever.

Faculty: Kathy Rosborough - Science 8

Dates Offered

November 30 , 2018
January 11, 2019

Explore More

Interested in exploring this topic more deeply?

  • Go to:  Boston Dynamics, an engineering and robotics design company, is a spin-off from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In the Next Generation Robots video series, Boston Dynamics shows their perspective on developments in the field of robotics.

  • Great books: If you’ve seen the movie, consider the book. Lost Moon: The Perilous Journey of Apollo 13 is astronaut Jim Lovell’s first-hand account of engineering disaster and ultimate triumph. A copy is available for checkout in the MS Media Center.

  • Movie night: October Sky stars a young Jake Gyllenhaal as Homer Hickam, an impoverished teen in a coal-mining town. It’s the height of the US-Soviet space race and Homer dreams of becoming a rocket scientist. Rated PG.

Why Build Bots?

This STEAM seminar is designed to develop systems thinking. Ross D. Arnold and Jon P. Wade of the Stevens Institute assert “systems thinking is a set of analytic skills comprising the ability to conceptualize, visualize, predict, articulate, solve, and devise modifications to produce desired effects.” Seminars encourage academic risk-taking and provide a forum for building key twentieth century competencies: creativity, critical thinking and innovation among them.