Introduction: Robot Luminaria
This is a good, kid friendly activity. You can, of course, do any designs you want, but I was trying to do a techie spin on this.
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Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
Grab your tools and get your workspace ready!
1 steel can per student
- A can of spray paint
- Several print outs of images for use on the can
- Small pointy stick
- Tape (any kind will do)
- Paper towels
Step 2: Fill Your Cans With Water
Fill your cans with water and let them freeze before attempting to put in your design or you will end up with a bed up can.
Step 3: This What You Get With Out the Ice
the can gets dented and bend if it doesn't have a solid support inside when you hammer.
I tried blocks of wood, but that did not work.
I also tried drilling instead of hammering, but that is tricky for kids.
Step 4: Choose Your Design
If the design is too complicated, it looks like a bunch of
holes instead of a robot.
Step 5: Create a Hole Pattern
Plan out your spacing of your holes so that it looks good.
About ¼” apart is about as close as you want to get between holes
Step 6: Cut and Tape You Pattern to the Can
Since the can is cold, it is best to take the pattern to itself, instead of the can.
Step 7: Paint Your Can
I found that sticking a stick in the ground and putting the
can on it upside down works well to get all sides and let it dry in the sun.