The Bais Yaakov Academy of Queens eighth grade STEM class added art to their study of circuits and robotics to create their first STEAM project, artbots. Students worked in pairs to design a working robot that moves independently while drawing its own “work of art.” They successfully built a circuit within the robot body by assembling and connecting a battery pack to a small motor. They discussed the Law of Conservation of Energy and how energy can be converted from one form to another. The battery contains chemical energy, which is then converted to electric energy used to power the motor, a form of mechanical energy. After the electricity was in place, the girls used their talents to make the robots their own.
The class enjoyed using their hands, their minds, and their imaginations as they saw the projects take shape. They look forward to continuing the STEAM experience next week, as they begin coding to create their own masterpieces.