Simple DIY and Microbit Paper Tickle Robot

Tickle Bot

I just had the wonderful opportunity to meet Jasmine Florentine through Twitter who is an MIT Grad, a mechanical design engineer, author, and illustrator. She is extremely passionate about using creative approaches to engage kids with STEM and mechanical engineering designs in her creations. Jasmine introduced me to her Tickle Bot and she completed this step-by-step guide, so that you too can use this learning experience in your classroom with students. If you would like to learn more about Jasmine, here is her website https://www.jasmineflorentine.com and the step by step Tickle Bot Guide and printable templates are attached in this discussion.

  • Now what are some new idea possibilities of how you will be using this design concept of mechanical engineering with paper and a MicroBit to excite your students with STEM and CS learning experiences?
  • How could you expand this STEM and CS example or enhance this DIY challenge with your students and why?
  • Ask your students where to they find this type of mechanical engineering and coding design and interactions in our world today, or possibilities in their futures could this help us with a mechanical engineering function, event or project? 




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Submitted by Lisa Rode on Wed, 03/03/2021 - 6:33 am EST

Thank you for sharing! I would love to try this with my class and see what other creatures they could create based on this template. Since our class has mostly v1 micro:bits, it would be a good way to talk about the difference in the touch sensors on the two versions - resistive touch vs capacitive touch and how they work.