Author:
William Allred, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Upper Primary
Grade:
4
Tags:
  • K-5 Design Thinking
  • K-5 Engineering
  • K-5Engineering
  • k-5-design-thinking
  • k-5-engineering
  • k-5engineering
  • k5engineers
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    4th Grade: Build an Operation Game

    4th Grade:  Build an Operation Game

    Overview

    As students study electricity and circuits, they can build their Operation games. Made from a few household materials, a makey-makey kit and the Scratch website, students can create and play their Operation game.

    Instructor Directions

    Engineering Design Process

    4:  Build Your Own Operation Game

    Driving Question / ScenarioHow can you use a makey-makey kit, Scratch and a cereal box to create your own Operation game?
    Project SummaryAs students study electricity and circuits, they can build their Operation games. Made from a few household materials, a makey-makey kit and the Scratch website, students can create and play their Operation game.
    Estimated Time3 Hours or 3 Class Periods
    Materials / ResourcesAluminum foil, Aluminum foil tape (optional), Cardstock (used for the cover and the wells), Modeling clay that can dry easily, Gluesticks, Tape, Scissors, Utility knife or Exacto knife, Cereal box, Tweezers or chopstix , Makey-makey kit, Chromebook, Scratch website
    Standards4.P.3.1 Recognize the basic forms of energy (light, sound, heat, electrical, and magnetic) as the ability to cause motion or create change.
    Project Outline
    AskHow can you use a makey-makey kit, Scratch and a cereal box to create your own Operation game?
    ImagineImagine you work for a board game company and you’ve been asked to build the next Operation game. Brainstorm a list of characters and body parts that you would like to use for your operation game.
    PlanSketch your character on plain white paper. List your body parts as well.
    CreateUsing cardstock, students draw their character so that they take up the whole sheet of paper. Tape the character to the top of the cereal box. Cut the cereal box open without cutting the box completely in half. Create the body parts using modeling clay. Place the body parts on the character and trace circles around them. Cut the holes for each body part and then wrap the cut-outs in aluminum foil and glue them to the bottom of the box directly beneath the holes where they were cut out. Using strips of cardstock, create the wells for your game by gluing aluminum foil to one side and then tape them into a circle. Glue each well inside the cereal boxes and over the cut-outs. Using the aluminum foil tape, place strips of aluminum foil from each cut-out to the end of box. Make sure you’ve created a complete circuit and all aluminum foil is connected. Place each body part inside of the Operation game. Connect the makey-makey from the cereal box to your Chromebook and launch the Scratch website. Use a pair of tweezers that has been wrapped with aluminum foil and attach them to the makey-makey.
    ImproveTest your game to make sure it works properly. Be sure that the game will make the buzz sound each time you touch the tweezers to the inside of the well.
    Closure / Student ReflectionsStudents can take turns playing each other’s games.
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsThis lesson can be used in 3rd grade as students are studying bones and joints as well as 5th grade when students are studying body systems.
      
      

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