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Mr. Hudson from Fullerton CA is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Try and Trilobite! Creating Prehistoric Creatures With Robotics!

Help me give my students the arduinos, motors and other components to bring prehistorical animals to life, and the materials to cast and paints their skins

  • $994 goal

Hooray! This project is fully funded

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

"Study the science of art. Study the art of science," Leonardo Da Vinci. Empowering students through art to learn biology and anatomy is the goal of our new Biological Arts Design Engineering (BADE) course.

Our Biology Engineering Arts Science Technology (BEAST) is a STEAM program in which students study art, biology, and physics through the lens of the film and theme park industries to innovate and create animatronics, machines that move like living creatures.

Our student body ranges across many socioeconomic levels and cultural backgrounds (with many Title I and minority students). Their backgrounds vary widely from "high achieving" students who plan to move on to four-year colleges and universities (including Ivy league schools, film schools, and art schools) to other students who struggle with grades​ and work after school to help support their families. All our kids want to believe that they can have a future in the Arts and Sciences!

My Project

We want to bring the past back to life through the creation of robotic versions of long extinct creatures including trilobites, hallucigenia, and other extinct insects, and creeept crawlies!

Using these robotic parts and lots of scientific ingenuity, our students will make machines that move like these extinct fossilized creatures, and then using the latex and these airbrush paints, we will sculpt cast and color our creations - bringing them to life!

Students will program the arduinos will control the motors, to drive limbs that move, or wheels that turn (providing locomotion). We will sculpt bodies in clay, cast them in plaster, and then use the latex rubber to create skins that can be airbushed using these "wicked" airbrush paints, teaching paint application and color theory at the same time, including primary, secondary, and tertiary colors, as well as tints and shades and neutral colors. So cool!

Mr. Hudson
Grades 9-12
More than half of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Wicked Colors W101-00 2-Ounce Wicked Primary Set Airbrush • Amazon Business $25.94 12 $311.28
Greartisan DC 12V 100RPM Gear Motor High Torque Electric Micro Speed Reduction Geared Motor Eccentric Output Shaft 37mm Diameter Gearbox • Amazon Business $15.49 10 $154.90
Premium Latex Casting Rubber -- for Mask Making -- Prop Making -- Dip Molding • Amazon Business $22.95 5 $114.75
Longruner 10 x MG996R Metal Gear Torque Digital Servo Motor for RC Model Car Boat Helicopter LKY62 • Amazon Business $46.99 2 $93.98
BQLZR Durable Rubber Hub Wheel Rim&Tires 1:10 On-road Racing Car RC Pack Of 4 Black • Amazon Business $7.38 3 $22.14
Elegoo EL-CP-004 120pcs Multicolored Dupont Wire 40pin Male to Female, 40pin Male to Male, 40pin Female to Female Breadboard Jumper Wires Ribbon Cables Kit for arduino • Amazon Business $6.98 3 $20.94
BQLZR Black and Green RC 1: 10 On-road Racing Car Plastic Wheel Rims&Rubber Tires Pack of 4 • Amazon Business $9.07 2 $18.14

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