Wednesday, July 24, 2024


by Mark Warner
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Ages: 5-11
Sam Collins

Use our teaching ideas for this short film about an inventor and her assistant robot.

Which of the ideas below will you try?

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Stop the film at 0:34. Ask the children to make a prediction about what the film will be about based on just the title and setting.
  • Stop again at 0:38. What is happening in the garage? Who or what are you expecting to see inside?
  • Discuss the character of the robot. Does it remind you of anything else (for example, it purrs)? Why do you think the filmmakers have done that?
  • What adjectives would you use to describe the inventor (Charly) and her robot (Bob-e)?
  • Make a storyboard of the story.
  • Stop the film at these points – 0:52, 1:03, 1:31, 2:10, 2:16, 2:52, 3:04. How is Charly feeling?
  • Write a newspaper report about the strange events!
  • Imagine you are Charly’s neighbour and write a letter of complaint about what has happened.
  • Write some dialogue between Charly and Bob-e.
  • Write the sequel – What happens next?


  • List the sources of light in the film.
  • Visit this site to find out about electricity and how it gets to your home.
  • Research the work of female scientists in different fields; for example, Marie Curie, Mary Anning, Ada Lovelace, Jane Goodall.
  • What else could Charly do with the rubbish? Could some of it be recycled? Find out about recycling at Recycle Now.


  • Program a robot to perform a simple task.
  • Design a scratch game based on the film. For example, can you make Bob-e move around the garage without bumping into anything?

Design Technology

  • Research female inventors, for example:
    • Grace Hopper, a computer inventor who coined the term “bug” for a problem in a computer program when she had to remove moths from the computer!
    • Rosalind Franklin, who discovered DNA,
    • Maria Beasley, who invented the life raft,
    • Mary Anderson, who invented the windscreen wiper.
  • In the film, Charly welds the machine (1:06 – 1:08). Why does she need safety glasses? What other things is welding used for?
  • Design your own generator to make electricity from rubbish.


  • Look at the sketches for the film on the film website and design an item or character that could be used in the film.
  • Stop the film at 1:04 and look at all the detail in that shot; the coffee, the dribble down the side of the mug, the coffee stain on the notes, and the photo of Charly and Rob-e. These details help to build up a picture of what Charly is like. Still-life paintings work in a similar way, telling their own story. Look at some examples of still-life paintings and had a go at making your own. For example, Cezanne’s Still Life with Water Jug or Picasso’s Still Life: Fruits and Pitcher.


  • Imagine the conversation between Charly and Bobe-e from 0:52 – 1:03. What might they say to each other? What is it that makes Charly try again?
  • Charly’s machine doesn’t work as she expected. When has this kind of thing happened to you? What did you do about it?
  • Charly and Bob-e work as a team. When have you worked in a team? What happened?

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