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Many of us have heard about the popularity of STEM Education (science, technology, engineering and math). Robotics are becoming increasingly ‘important’ to education…and let’s not forget how fun they are! While I am a major fan of STEM, I am a believer in art for children as well. So…why not combine the two for a fun project you can do at home?
If you haven’t seen these super cute little Hexbugs, you need to check them out! My son was beyond thrilled to find one in his our swag box from sweet suite at blogger bash this year. Who am I kidding…I was equally as thrilled!
These little micro robotic creatures come with a remote control which makes them insanely fun for little kids (and adults) to control. They have some amazing new VEX Robotics products coming out out in 2015 where you can build your own robotics including an orbit, a crossbow and a robotic arm. Pretty amazing right?!
We were lucky enough to receive an inchworm. This was perfect for my 4 year old (and husband).
To get to the art project…all we needed was our Hexbug, some washable paint, and paper!
We simply poured some paint onto a paper plate, dipped the legs of the bug in the paint, set it on the paper and used the remote to walk our painted bug around the paper!
This was hard to capture in a photo so I have a little video clip for you to view, we had a blast with this!
Next time, I think we will try squirting blobs of paint all over the paper and letting him walk through it. The possibilities are endless!