The current polymer playclay classes are very popular, with children age as young
as 4 years to 10 years old, these classes produced quite a number of creative
young students, with creative abilities to develop their own idea, style and design.
Using the polymer clay as the most versatile medium, I had decided to conduct
lessons on Motorized Educational Hobby Classes, after the request from the older
students. The class are based on original Tamiya Educational Construction Series,
kids will be taught the proper way of building, modifying, the walking dinosaurs such
as, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus and mammoth, the selected favorite
hobby models are all motorized.
The aim of the course is to educate kids, about the creating of the motorized toys.
Age from 9 years and above, they will learn how to assemble the battery case to
contact switch and motor connections. Understands about the working principle of
the gears, link rods and the crank arms, that makes the toy moves. Students will
also be taught how to use polymer clays to dress up the model, making the model
looking even more realistic. Learn the various technic of clay texturing, paint
texturing on polymer clays, especially, dinosaur skins and weathering of surfaces.
Modifying the existing model into other dinosaurs, such as, changing a Triceratops
into a Stegosaurus by creating polymer clay parts to enhance the model. Changing
the motorized elephant into a mammoth, the completed model with exposed gears,
linkages and motor gives an interesting insight about the working kinetic of the walking
dinosaur toys. Put the toy together, create a diorama of the prehistoric environment,
they will be able to challenge each other into a dual and competition. The process of
playing will create fun in learning with the walking toys. It will also develop creativity
in the kid, example the Tyrannosaurus can also be changed into a fearsome robotic
beast with flashing eyes, Improve abilities by changing motors, improving stability by
adding weight to the dino.
Acquiring some other electronic components (light sensitive), you can also turn on
the dinosaurs with a flash light or stopped the dinosaurs from moving toward your
direction, with a laser light ,which can be conveniently convert into a laser gun.
There are many imaginative way of modifying the toys, ultimately, it is creavity and
fun, how about this, converting an elephant toys into a Pterodactylus!!
individual image to view the modification"
THE ORIGINAL FINISHED MODEL OF THE TYRANNOSAURUS
ON THE EDUCATIONAL LESSON
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE ON THE DINOSAUR CLASS
IN THE WALKING DINOSAUR CLASS
THE YOUNG DINO MAKER
SUBMARINE MOTOR WITH FLOAT
EDUCATIONAL AND ROBOTIC CLASSES 2006
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