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Creepy Crawlers


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Creepy Crawlers

Trick your family and friends with this creepy crawler that moves up and down. In this activity, learners construct a circuit and motor device that will move a homemade spider in a spooky way. Use this activity to introduce learners to concepts related to electrical circuits, motion, motors, gravity, mass, and acceleration. A great Halloween activity!

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 1 paint paddle
  • 1 motor
  • 1 paper clip
  • 1 thick glue stick, 1"
  • 2 washers that fit over the glue stick
  • 4 pipe cleaners
  • 1 small block of wood
  • 2 electrical wires
  • 1 battery
  • 1 momentary switch, if available
  • 1 nut, around 5/8"
  • fishing line
  • hot glue gun
  • needle-nose pliers

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Motors
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Gravity
      • Momentum and Velocity
      • Acceleration
      • Rotation Motion
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Mass and Weight
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Electronics
  • Toys

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • Fresno Community Science Workshop

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Fresno Community Science Workshop, ©2011

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