Integrating Music and Arts into STEM curriculum with creative STEAM-focused experiences

TOOLKIT

Overview

Engineering – Visual Arts

Computer Science

Technology:

Micro:bit + HumBird Kit
PC/MacOS/ChromeOS
Make:Code Coding Platform

Grades:

6-12, Middle/High School

Time:

60-90 Minutes

Subjects:

Engineering
Computer Science
Visual Arts

SUMMARY

Art+CODE is a STEAM integrated workshop designed for K-12 Teachers. This workshop brings together Engineering, Computer Science, and Visual Arts.

In this workshop, teachers construct a drawing mechanism using provided materials while learning the basics: loops, variables, and functions.

Inspiration: rasterweb.net/raster/projects/arcomatic/

Other example: www.jamesnolangandy.com

For Teachers:

  • Micro:bit + Hummingbird KIT: (Link)
  • Workshop Package:
    • PDF walkthrough
    • Draw Bot Layout
    • .Hex micro:bit file
    • Code Layout
    • Dowel Bracket .STL 3D Print file (will need to be sliced to .gcode)
  • Key Terms
    • Engineering: The fundamentals of angles and degrees.
    • Computer Science: Function, Variable, Loop
    • Visual Arts Key Terms: Complimentary Colors, Line, Shape



Drawing Materials:

  • 1 Glass Marble
  • 2 – ¼’’ wooden dowels, around 8’’-10’’ lengths
  • Slim Felt tip pens or markers. (Crayola’s are too big :/)
  • 3D Printed bracket (.stl file in package).
  • Hot glue gun + glue sticks
  • Brown Paper (to cover tables)
  • 18×24’’ drawing pad
  • Scissors
  • Blue tape
  • Electrical Tape (optional, but helpful)
  • Wooden Clothespins