Wonderstruck DrumBot Workshop
A fantastic team-based, practical, competitive activity.
This workshop involves participants working in small teams (usually of three) to build, test and improve a DrumBot.
DrumBots are drum-shaped 'robots' that contain a rotating counter-weighted arm. As the arm moves it causes the motor to apply a torque to the body of the DrumBot, making it roll forwards. DrumBots can roll up ramps, overcome small obstacles and a good one can move quite fast on the flat as well.
The session starts with an introduction to the science behind the activity. The concept of torque is explained - for younger groups this is just referred to as a twisting force. We also cover energy transformations, simple circuits and the idea of fair tests and the purpose of taking multiple results and averaging.
The whole session ends with an exciting time trial race off to find the ultimate champions (winners cups are supplied!). If the weather's OK we can do this outside.
We can run this workshop with up to 200 participants and with age groups from 5 to adult. We can accommodate larger groups but that depepnds on the spaces you have available for testing and racing.
The standard version of the workshop takes about 2 hours with 150 participants, slightly longer with larger groups.
Specific learning outcomes are differentiated according to the age group participating in the workshop.
In general, the activity involves:
- Assembling a simple circuit
- Understanding the basic idea of torque/moment
- Understanding what affects the magnitude of an applied torque/moment
To book this activity, please contact:
The STEM Directory is provided as a service to support you in finding enrichment opportunities. The activities are offered by external providers and are not endorsed by STEM Learning. We are not responsible for their content or delivery.
Grants for school
The Royal Institution runs two enrichment and enhancement grant schemes. Grants of up to £500 are available to UK-registered state schools to host a STEM activity selected from the STEM Directory.
There are a number of other organisations that offer grants to schools.
|Published||13 September 2017|
|Last modified||13 September 2017|
|Nature of scheme||In-school visit|
|Subject(s)||Design and technology, Engineering, Science, Physics, Practical work|
|Age||5-7, 7-11, 11-14, 14-16, 16-19, FE/HE|
|Running times||1-4 hours|
All workshops start at £550.00 plus VAT per day. For this you get one presenter who can work with up to 150 children at a time. We can supply more presenters for bigger groups. Call or email with your requirements & we'll prepare a bespoke quote.
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