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Maker Art: Animals On The Loose at the Lycée

Here are photos of our fourth maker art class for lower school children at the Lycée Français in Sausalito. Students are now making a Chinese New Year Wonderbox, creating a small diorama with an animal from the Chinese Zodiac in a decorated cardboard box -- combining art and technology to bring their work to life.


In this class, children started working on their animal characters, using wood figures we made earlier with a laser cutter. They explored different ways to make their animals move, using hobby motors connected to a AA batteries with alligator clips.


Students loved this activity, and all succeeded in making their motors work and animate their art, as this video shows. This hands-on, project-based activity seems effective for teaching how electricity and motors work, in a playful way that makes science more fun. The children are responding well to this approach: they learn by doing and seem engaged by the freedom to create their own interactive art.


Next week, they will add LEDs for the eyes, decorate their animals and install them in their boxes. You can follow our progress in our Maker Art photo album, where we post weekly updates:


Many thanks to my associate Cynthia Gilbert, who provides invaluable help in the classroom on a volunteer basis — as well as school parent Jules Maeght, Josephine’s dad, who kindly offered to give us a hand today. We’re very lucky to have so many generous collaborators on this project. Merci!


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Taken on February 4, 2016