It’s Alive! Kinetic Creature Lab Residency

Who says sculpture can’t dance? In this technology residency, your young makers  invent kinetic electro-mechanical creatures with distinct personalities!  Students draw “coded” character sketches, decode the work of their peers, and develop their designs into 3-D creatures by “sketching with stuff.”  Finally, they bring them to life with motors, LED lights and electrical circuits.  Elementary students explore color, line, shape, form and kinetic elements, and assign personal meaning to their design choices.  Participants in grades 6 and above create coded creatures with increasingly more complex circuits and unique kinetic elements.  All creatures go home after a culminating creature dance party!

Curriculum Connections:

21st Century Skills

For more info, visit Young Audiences of Maryland.

If you’re interested in checking out what this mecha-zoo would look like in action, here’s a video showing off some awesome creations:

Course Information

Related Workshops -