Lesson Focus

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


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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.

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