Art Electric

Three options: Primary (Grades 1-2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), and Middle School (Grades 6-8)

Project Description

Art Electric explores the basics of design, art, and programming. Students use a wide range of materials to create a custom, interactive art project and enhance their design with 3D sculpted pieces, LEDs, sounds, an ultrasonic sensor, and a motor. Throughout the build process, students use a programming environment to customize their design and bring their artwork to life. Three grade-appropriate versions available: Grades 1-2, 3-5, and 6-8.

Young girl working on art piece

Key Concepts

Amplitude, Ardiuno, Atoms, Angles, CAD, Coding, Circuits, Conditionals, Conductors, Echolocation, Electricity, Electrons, Frequency, Laser cutter, LED, Light waves, Loops, Motors, MP3 Player, PCB, RGB, RGB pixels, Servos, Subroutines, Ultrasonic sensor, Vibration, Wavelength

Essential Question

How can you create a custom, interactive art project by implementing various electronics and programming them to portray an expression?

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Summary of Standards

GRADES 1-2
Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will operate software, use technical terminology, follow algorithms, and develop programming plans.

Common Core ELA
Students will participate in collaborative discussions, use and acquire new grade-level vocabulary, recall information from text that is presented orally and through media, and describe connections between text.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will plan and carry out investigations, use mathematics and computational thinking, construct explanations, and discover design solutions.
GRADES 3-5
Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will describe how internal and external parts of computing devices function to form a system; model how hardware and software work together; use data to highlight relationships, predict outcomes, and communicate; and create programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals.

Common Core ELA
Students will participate in collaborative discussions, use and acquire new grade-level vocabulary, recall information from text that is presented orally and through media, and describe connections between text.

Common Core Math
Students will program their project’s servo and measure the angles that it creates.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will plan and carry out investigations, use mathematics and computational thinking, and explore cause and effect relationships.
GRADES 6-8
Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will design projects that combine hardware and software components, create clearly named variables that represent data, design and develop programs that combine control structures, nested loops, and compound conditionals, and systematically test and refine programs.

Common Core ELA
Students will participate in collaborative discussions, use and acquire new grade-level vocabulary, recall information from text that is presented orally and through media, and describe connections between text.

Common Core Math
Students will use variables to represent quantities.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will use mathematics and computational thinking, and explore energy, matter, patterns, systems, and system models.
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Summary of Standards

GRADES 1-2
Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)

Students will operate software, use technical terminology, follow algorithms, and develop programming plans.

Common Core ELA
Students will participate in collaborative discussions, use and acquire new grade-level vocabulary, recall information from text that is presented orally and through media, and describe connections between text.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will plan and carry out investigations, use mathematics and computational thinking, construct explanations, and discover design solutions.

GRADES 3-5
Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will describe how internal and external parts of computing devices function to form a system; model how hardware and software work together; use data to highlight relationships, predict outcomes, and communicate; and create programs that include sequences, events, loops, and conditionals.

Common Core ELA
Students will participate in collaborative discussions, use and acquire new grade-level vocabulary, recall information from text that is presented orally and through media, and describe connections between text.

Common Core Math
Students will program their project’s servo and measure the angles that it creates.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will plan and carry out investigations, use mathematics and computational thinking, and explore cause and effect relationships.
GRADES 6-8
Computer Science Teaching Association Standards (CSTA)
Students will design projects that combine hardware and software components, create clearly named variables that represent data, design and develop programs that combine control structures, nested loops, and compound conditionals, and systematically test and refine programs.


Common Core ELA
Students will participate in collaborative discussions, use and acquire new grade-level vocabulary, recall information from text that is presented orally and through media, and describe connections between text.

Common Core Math
Students will use variables to represent quantities.

Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
Students will use mathematics and computational thinking, and explore energy, matter, patterns, systems, and system models.

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