You helped us bring Wiggle-Bots to life. Thank You! It is going to become a "rockstar" activity at TeacherGeek.com.
Wiggle-Bots are much more than "a lot of fun". They inspire. Watch eyes widen as wires are connected and Wiggle-Bots start to move. See how understanding and design evolves through experimentation (tinkering). Appreciate the challenge of going beyond step by step instructions and creating something completely new (innovating). It's an incredible experience.Wiggle-Bots are motorized contraptions that are designed and built by Kids. They are loved in homes, schools, camps and clubs; by 5 year-olds and engineering students alike.
How will you Wiggle? Your Wiggle-Bot can be designed to do many cool things...
Make it Scribble: Create a marker holding Wiggle-Bot that draws crazy and fun patterns on a sheet of paper. The patterns will change, based upon your Wiggle-Bot design; make it roll, hop, vibrate, spin, or go crazy. It's up to you...
Race it: Create a Wiggle-Bot that can get somewhere in a hurry. Compete against other Wiggle-Bots, or go for a personal record. Race it straight, or through a wandering course. You've seen vibrating robot bugs in the toy stores. Now you can design and build your own. This can be an elementary, secondary, or university level activity.
Hack It: You can use Wiggle-Bot components to make your own inventions. We've used them to make a fan, paddle boat, motorized puppet and other cool things.
Print It: Wiggle-Bots play well with 3-D printers. If you have one, you can download or design components for them. Wiggle-Bots allow you to develop/prototype ideas that can be replaced by or enhanced with 3-D printed parts.
Yep... We just just said it... "Wiggle Who". We promise to use better grammar from here on out.
Wiggle-Bots are a "Rock Star" activity for:
- Kids: Ages 5-18
- Classrooms: 2nd-12th Grade, Elementary, Science, Technology, Engineering
- Clubs & Troops: Scouts, 4-H, Maker, etc.
- Birthday Parties
Ages 5-11 should be supervised by or work with an adult
You've probably already figured it out... Wiggle-Bots are all about getting kids/students to innovate. True innovation is a big deal. It's the difference between following and leading or copying and creating. Wiggle-Bots set out to inspire the innovators of tomorrow.
Wiggle-Bot components and resources are all specifically design to facilitate innovation. Wiggle-Bot's use Teachergeek™ components, which allow kids to easily experiment, change their designs, and integrate other materials (recycling bin or other materials you have available).
When kids innovate, they engage like never before. They take pride and ownership. Solving the challenge brings them a tremendous feeling of success and accomplishment.
Wiggle-Bots do not get old, like many other activities, because designs can always be modified and improved. Kids/students learn far more from their design revisions, than they do from their original design.
What will your Wiggle-Bots come with? Take a look...
Gear Transmission Using Super-Wiggle-Bot Components:
Component colors will vary. You'll need a few other materials to make your Wiggle-Bot. You should have them laying around....
- AA Battery
- 2 to 4 Markers (if you are building a scribble-bot)
- Recycled Materials (food packaging, cardboard, etc)
Wiggle-Bot components are designed to work with your recycling bin (used food packaging). They allow you to turn recycled materials into working contraptions.
Where will you wiggle it? At the kitchen table, maker space, classroom or club? Wherever it is, we have illustrated downloadable resources to support you.
Recipes: Simple instructions to get you started on your project/challenge. Recipes come in different levels, for younger and older kids.
Idea Cards: Pages that help you create different parts of your wiggle bot. You can use them when, or if, they are needed.
Lessons: Wiggle-Bots have a lot to teach. The optional lessons are available:
- Basic Electricity: Continuity, Electron Flow, Circuits, Voltage, Polarity
- The Design & Engineering Process
- Mechanical Advantage
- Waves & Waveforms
- Types of Forces
- Energy Transfer & Efficiency
Educational Connections: Will you be wiggling it in school? Wiggle-bots offer explicit academic connections:
- Grades 3-6: Science, ELA, Math, Engineering
- Grades 7-8, Science: ELA, Math, Technology/Engineering
- Grades 9-University: Physical Science & Technology/Engineering
Ready, Set, Go… We’ve spent months developing and testing Wiggle-Bot activities, resources and components. We have pallets of raw materials ready for Wiggle-Bot manufacturing. We’re almost there, but we need your help. Our problem... no-one knows about us. That makes it a little difficult to sell thousands of scribble bots (the number we need to make them incredibly affordable).
So come on and join us. Help us make this Kickstarter Campaign a reality. We've found Wiggle-Bots to be incredibly amazing, and we are sure your kids will to.
We can't wait to see how you wiggle.
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Risks and challenges
We are a U.S. manufacturer and educational product developer with over 12 years of experience. The Wiggle-Bot kits will be made in our Upstate New York facility. This helps us minimize risks and control the process.
What challenge could we have in completing the project? The only possible challenge we can foresee would be a minor delay in receiving additional raw materials. To mitigate this possible challenge, we have chosen to begin procuring materials and manufacturing as soon as our goal has been reached (instead of waiting to receive payment). We really want to get you those Wiggle-Bots for the holidays. You’re going to love them!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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