Ozobots, small little robots you can code a number of ways. Great for K-college and more. As many of you know, I love using Robot EDU, where you use robotics to challenge and engage students. Using STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts & mathematics). I have had students creating amazing projects with Ozobots over the last year. One of the greatest ways to generate creativity is to tell a story with an Ozobot is by creating a Skin for them. Skins are usually cut outs that students and teachers can attach to Ozobots to dress them up to look like animals, people or objects. Many classrooms love to use Makerspaces with Ozobots using 3D printers and 3Doodlrs (I know I have). Giving such a unique look to their Ozobots. However, as we know many schools do not have 3D printing, butttttt…. many schools have Chromebooks.
A GSuite EDU tool I love to use the most is Google Drawings, in fact many of my high school students have rarely used Google Drawings. I have been using Google Drawings in many of my classes and I decided to bring it to my Computer Programming classes. The first step was to create a Ozobot template. I used the Google Advance Search for free creative license use for an Ozobot Evo. I then scaled it down by holding down the SHIFT key to make sure the image stayed to scale.
- After that I had students use the various shape tools to create their characters. This could range from “pie eyes” to colorful designs.
- The next step is to import CC clipart into their Ozobot Skin templates, this can be done using CC creative searches in Google Drawings, Google Advance Search or even through CC websites like Pixabay or Photos for Class. Then scale, crop or rearrange them to give your Ozobot Skins things like: Hats, 3D glasses, Emojis and more.
- Once your Ozobot Skins have been completed, you next step is to save them as a PNG file. I have students Save their Ozobot Skins on Google Drawings using PNG file types as it gives a transparent background to the skins helping them stand out more. There isn’t anything wrong with JPG, but if you want to print your skins on transparent plastic, high color paper, it’s easier to have a transparent background instead of a white background.
- Next, print out the templates and cut them out. Don’t have a color printer? No problem, when creating the Skins in Google Drawings, select the paintbucket and choose to transparent for the colors and change the line weight (tools next the pencil icon) to 3px or 4px with a black outline. That way you can have students color their Skins using color pencils or crayons and then cut them out.
- Using tape or temporary glue dots attach the skins to your Ozobots, you can also add everything from color cotton balls, glitter or other $1 Store items to your Ozobot skins.
- From there, have students program or code their STREAM stories, these can range from classic stories to retelling the Odyssey. Let your students be creative with their Ozobot STREAM stories and have fun.
- When students have finished their stories, have them do a Flipgrid reflection and also see what other students thought about each other’s stories.
Have fun and please share your Ozobot creations with hashtags: “ozonation”, “DiceUptheClassroom” or “ClassroomSPICE”.