Combine drawing and engineering to create your own DIY art drawing machine inspired by Star Wars!
Build a drawing machine (or drawing droid) to create a unique work of art!
You only need a few simple materials from the Dollar Store to get started, no special motor or tools required for this STEAM project.
STEM is the combination of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math but we propose the inclusion of “A” for Art to turn STEM into STEAM. By encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving in your child you are helping prepare for your child’s future success by developing their divergent thinking skills.
Build Your Own Drawing Droid
- Battery-Operated Electric Toothbrush (We found ours at the dollar store)
- Pool Noodle
- Scissors or Knife (adult use)
- Washable Markers
- White Paper
- Rubber Band
- Permanent Markers
- Silver Tape
Step 1: Insert the battery in your toothbrush and turn it on to make sure it works. Cut the pool noodle slightly larger than the length of the toothbrush.
Step 2: Push the toothbrush through the center of the pool noodle.
Step 3: Use a rubber band to secure 3 markers along the bottom of the pool noodle with the marker tips pointing down.
Step 4: Turn on the toothbrush and test it our your droid drawing bot.
Step 5: Add details to dress up your droid. We decided to turn our drawing droid into R2D2 inspired by Star Wars!
We added silver tape over the top to create a dome.
And added details with permanent markers.
Art Bot Maker Tips:
– Play around for the best position of the markers on the pool noodle. It takes some trial and error.
-Buy extra electric toothbrushes and batteries. While the toothbrush is a bargain price at the dollar store the batteries don’t last all that long.
– Work on a smooth surface.
You may also like these Star Wars inspired Challenge Cards by our STEAM KIDS collaborator, Left Brain Craft Brain.