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Build Your Own Robot Arm

Lesson Focus 
Develop a robot arm using common materials. Students will explore design, construction, teamwork, and materials selection and use.

Age Levels:

8 - 18
Objectives 
  • Learn design concepts.
  • Learn teamwork.
  • Learn problem solving techniques.
  • Learn about simple machines.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 
  • design concepts
  • teamwork needed in the design process
  • impact of technology in manufacturing

Lesson Activities

Students design and build a working robotic arm from a set of everyday items with a goal of having the arm be able to pick up a Styrofoam cup. Working in teams of three or four students, the students explore effective teamwork skills while learning simple robot mechanics.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents
  • Student Worksheets
  • Student Resource Sheets 

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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