Invert-a-bots by The Furals

SUSTAINABILITY | MODELLING | INSECTS

Bring your sculptures to life by looking at real insects and then making the Lego robot replicas. Choose from a diverse menu of instructional guides for a dragonfly, roboroach, scorpion and spider, then create and program your chosen beast. Then host a tour for your teachers and friends.

Throughout the workshops we will aim to answer a big science question: Why do insects look and act the way they do, and how can we study and explain their looks and actions? We will explore their structures and how they behave, and consider how animals’ structure and behaviour enable survival in their environment. By writing programs that acknowledge animal behaviour we will identify animal behaviours that are in response to stimuli in the environment. We will also explain how behaviours help insects survive in their habitats and combine different materials, programs, shapes, and structures to design and build models of insects.

In this workshop, students will interact with real insects, pre-built models, build their own creature and design interact with obstacle course for some of the creepy crawlies. They will be able to learn and apply creativity, design skills, and learn programming using pictures for the robot to follow. When composing a program students may explore sound effects and composition of sound effects that represent the types of sound the insects could make.

Curriculum Links: The Arts – Media Arts, Science, Technologies

Capabilities: Critical and Creative Thinking

Learn how to make robot insects tick with creativity, programmable sensors and a motor.

Metro: 28th Jan 2020 to 18th Dec 2020
Regional: 28th Jan 2020 to 18th Dec 2020

The Furals
Duration: 2 hours
Artform: Digital Technologies
Minimum fee: 90 minutes $252 + GST, 120 minutes $286 + GST, Full day: 3 x 1.5 hours $746 + GST
Suitability: Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9, Year 10
Terms: Term 1, Term 2, Term 3, Term 4
Booking info: Technical Requirements: Workshop space minimum 25M x 25M x 4M Height. Whiteboard required, data projector preferred but not required.