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Inspiration from the Maker’s FaireIn mid May we went to the Bay Area’s Maker Faire. One of the first projects we’ve seen there was a mini spin art machine created by an 11 year old maker. That machine used a computer fan as a base. Smarty wanted to make one at home, and my husband commented that we could make one with a Lego motor. As with many of his Lego creations, it took him less than 10 minutes to put this Lego spin art machine together.
The most important piece for this project is a Lego motor. Ours is more than 30 years old and comes from a set that my husband had as a child. You can buy a Lego motor separately on Lego site or on Amazon. You will also need a gear or any other flat Lego piece that will clip on top of the motor. In addition you will need:
- A flat “foundation” Lego piece
- A few blocks to keep motor in place
- Square 0.5 in mounting tabs
- A large plastic lid (ours was from sour cream container)
- A used CD
- Paper circles cut a little smaller than diameter of your CD
- Markers or crayons. Crayola Twistable Slick Sticks gave us very pretty spin art.
Directions1. Build an “enclosure” for your motor:
2. Put a gear on top to serve as a base for your spin wheel.
3. Attach a lid to the gear with mounting tabs.
4. Attach a CD to the lid with mounting tabs. This will make the top heavier and less wobbly. Then add a mounting tab (or a double-sided scotch tape) in the middle to keep your paper circle in place.
5. Have fun!
Your TurnDo you have a Lego motor yet? What motorized Lego projects have you tried?
More Lego Projects for KidsFrom this blog:
- How to Build a Lego Drawbot (another project with a Lego motor!)
- Lego Ferris Wheel (it can also be motorized)
- How to Build a Lego Catapult
- Lego Science
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