At Gads Hill Center, we are continually inspired by the ingenuity, creativity and enthusiasm of the children and youth in our programs.
Recently, students in Gads Hill Center’s STEAM program at The Hope Institute Learning Academy (HILA) constructed robots that create art, called “Doodle Bots.” Built from scratch, these robots use markers to make doodling patterns on paper. See the Doodle Bots in action in the video below.
The STEAM program, which stands for “Science Technology Engineering Art Math,” focuses on building the skills of students in grades 3 – 5 through interdisciplinary projects that blend aspects of different areas of learning and academic subjects. This project is a prime example of the interdisciplinary nature of the program, as it incorporates all five subject areas. In teams of three to four, the students spent a week and a half building, testing and experimenting with their Doodle Bots.
Kari Kraus, a Gads Hill Center Resource Coordinator at HILA, noted the students were incredibly excited about this project — and so were the instructors. Ms. Heintz, a teacher at HILA and a STEAM instructor, led the students in the creation of their robots. Ms. Kraus noted that Ms. Heintz “puts so much energy and effort into each project,” and that all of the instructors thoroughly enjoyed witnessing the students’ engagement.
Ms. Kraus highlighted that this project in particular appealed to students who are interested in building and engineering as well as those who enjoy art, which gets to the core of the STEAM program’s goals: to provide students with opportunities to discover new interests, develop cross-curricular skills, and get excited about learning.