More fun with motors

This month at Bancroft we continued playing with a basic electric circuit by making a ping pong ball contraptions.  You can find instructions on YouTube for all sorts of things using little motors.  Vibration motors work so well with this population.  If you can see they move and have color.  If you can hear they make sounds.  If touch is your dominant sense they vibrate.  Staff and students all got a ping pong ball massage.  Unfortunately I got a few teachers hair caught up in the propeller but no harm was done.  I put it on kids heads and called it a brain massage.   Great responses today from kids that don’t always respond.  I got all the parts…motors,switches, batteries etc. on Amazon(contact me if you need details).  I do so miss Radio Shack and the mad scientist section of Edmund Scientific though.  It’s a new world.

 

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I’m just getting to know Michael.  He was fascinated with the whole process.  He along with his classmate Ethan chose colored sticks and Michael didn’t try to eat his.  They chose ping pong balls and we played with them before getting down to business.  Ethan lost interest but Michael watched and listened to the entire assembly process.  I gave him the finished project and he was still playing with it when I moved on to another class.

STEAM projects at Bancroft

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This month we made sguigglebots and it worked very well with these kids.  Vibration motors were a hit with most of the students.  They seemed to enjoy the feel of them and we had good reactions.   The sound was stimulating to them also.  Visually they were less interesting to the students but the staff loved it.  A few more able students picked them up and were fascinated by the spinning propeller on top.

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Patrick was engaged with the contraption without the markers.  Check out that smile!  Next week we move on to moving gizmos with ping pong balls, sticks, and more vibration motors