What You’ll Need
- Small rock
- Small cardboard box
- Silvery paper or aluminum foil
- Chenille sticks
- Scrapbook paper, beads, wiggle eyes
What to Do
- Glue a small rock inside a small cardboard box to weigh it down. Cover the box with felt.
- Poke two holes for the arms and two holes for the legs. Slide a chenille stick into each hole to make the robot’s arms and legs..
- Decorate the robot with scrapbook paper, beads, felt, wiggle eyes, and anything else that seems fun and futuristic.
Extend the Fun
For younger kids: After you make your robot, imagine other rectangular shapes and decorate accordingly. How about a candy bar, a 9-volt battery, a cell phone, your favorite cereal, your aunt and uncle’s front door?
For older kids: Artificial intelligence is all around us. It helps drive our cars, runs assembly lines in factories, powers artificial limbs, vacuums our floors, takes us into space—and more is just around the corner. Pretend you have a personal robot. Write instructions for your robot to follow. It could make your bed, do your homework, mow the lawn, wash the dog. The possibilities are endless…and just around the corner!