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STEM in Action: Scribblebots

from Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

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The perfect combination of science, engineering and technology, scribblebots are motorized machines that move in chaotic ways, leaving interesting artistic patterns in their wake. Collaborative teams of students will move through the Engineering Design Process by making simple circuits and offset motors, then test and manipulate variables. The result is an interactive robot that demonstrates the scientific concepts of electricity, force and motion with a wildly creative outcome. A kit will all needed materials for 10 teams will be sent to the requesting teacher prior to the program.

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About This Program


Point to Point: $140.00
Point to Point Premium: $125.00

*Due to shipping costs, schools outside of the United States will be provided with a list of materials to gather for their program rather than a kit being mailed to your school.

In order to complete your reservation for this program, please visit www.connect2texas.net. We will ask for complete billing information on this reservation page.


50 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 4, 5, 6, 7, 8Public Library: Library Patrons

Minimum participants:


Maximum participants:


Primary Disciplines

Sciences STEM/Engineering

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)Webcam/desktop application-Zoom

Booking Information

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

We will not charge for programs canceled due to weather or technical difficulties. However, the full fee will be charged for programs which do not cancel with 48 hours notice.

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Fort Worth Museum of Science and History

Fort Worth, TX
United States

Let the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History come to you! You
and your students can connect and interact LIVE with the Museum’s team
of experts without leaving your campus! Utilizing interactive distance
learning in the classroom, your students can explore science and history
with Museum curators, staff and special guests. These 50-minute
sessions correlate with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and National Standards.

To register
for a program, please go to www.Connect2Texas.net and
click on Events.  Available programs are listed by date and time but you
can narrow down the search by selecting Fort Worth Museum of Science and History from
the program filter. If you would like to request a program on a specific date
and time, email distancelearning@fwmsh.org or call (817)255-9472.

Anne Santana

Program Details


Please create teams of 3 students. Students will work in these teams during the program.

Students will be given a quick overview of the Engineering Design Process followed by a series of hands-on challenges which lead to the creation of a simple scribbling contraption.

These challenges are:
Make a circuit
Make something move
Make something draw

Each challenge takes between 8-12 minutes to complete.

At the beginning of these challenges, the facilitator will review either the Engineering Design Process, introduce science concepts (circuits) or bring up ideas on how to deal with frustration and failure.

The program will conclude with a short "Show and Share" time with another group.

Please allow for additional time after the program for students to fine tune their scribblebots or try out different ideas suggested during the program.


The students will create a working electrical circuit with an offset motor.

Students will be challenged to use the Engineering Design Process to modify the simple circuit in order to create a scribbling machine.

The students will actively use STEM based skills: identifying a problem, brainstorming solutions, creating a prototype, testing variables; refining designs and communicating.

Standards Alignment

National Standards



3-5 ETS1-1
3-5 ETS1-2


State Standards

4.2A, 5.2A, 6.2A, 7.2A and 8.2A
Scientific investigation and reasoning.
The student uses scientific inquiry methods during laboratory and field investigations.
(A) plan and implement comparative and descriptive investigations by making observations, asking well-defined questions, and using appropriate equipment and technology;

5.3C Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student uses critical thinking and scientific problem solving to make informed decisions. The student is expected to draw or develop a model that represents how something works or looks that cannot be seen such as how a soda dispensing machine works

5.6 A, B&D Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that energy occurs in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems. The student is expected to explore the uses of energy, including mechanical, light, thermal, electrical, and sound energy; demonstrate that the flow of electricity in circuits requires a complete path through which an electric current can pass and can produce light, heat, and sound; and design an experiment that tests the effect of force on an object.

6.8A&B Force, motion, and energy. The student knows force and motion are related to potential and kinetic energy. The student is expected to compare and contrast potential and kinetic energy and identify and describe the changes in position, direction, and speed of an object when acted upon by unbalanced forces;

6.9C Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that the Law of Conservation of Energy states that energy can neither be created nor destroyed, it just changes form. The student is expected to demonstrate energy transformations such as energy in a flashlight battery changes from chemical energy to electrical energy to light energy.

8.6A Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that there is a relationship between force, motion, and energy. The student is expected to demonstrate and calculate how unbalanced forces change the speed or direction of an object's motion;