Take 5: Small Robots and Science Projects
You can make a small robot using a toothbrush. It looks really quick and easy.
For some simpler science projects, check out the Nick and Tesla’s books from Quirk Books
The book Nick and Tesla’s Robot Army Rampage has instructions for:
Do-It-Yourself PC Leftovers Wander-Bot
Do-It-Yourself Semi-Invisible Bottle Bot
Homemade Robo-Bug (which is the Bristle Bot shown above)
Replacement Robo-Angel Hoverbot
Totally Improvised Super Soaker Bot Blaster
The books are middle grade mysteries, but the activities would definitely work to do a hands on science maker space with teens of any age.
Other Fun Ideas:
Much more involved, it would take a series, but you can combine Raspberry Pis and Legos to build a Remote Control Lego car: http://www.aoakley.com/articles/2013-09-19-raspberry-pi-lego-robot-part1.php
And if you have more fun ideas for us, please share them in the comments.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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