Through this lesson, students will:
As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:
Participating teams of three or four students are provided with a bag including the materials listed below. Each team must use the materials to design and build a working robot arm. The robot arm must be at least 18 inches in length and be able to pick up an empty Styrofoam cup. Teams of students must agree on a design for the robot arm and identify what materials will be used. Students will draw a sketch of their agreed upon design prior to construction. Resulting robot arms are then tested and checked for range of motion and satisfaction of the given criteria.
You should explain that teamwork, trial, and error are part of the design process. There is no "right" answer to the problem - each team's creativity will likely generate an arm that is unique from the others designed in your class.
This adaptable Powerpoint Presentation can be used to help guide students through this lesson.
Build Your Own Robot Arm Presentation
To see portions of Build Your Own Robot Arm in action, view the following IEEE.tv video:
IEEE.tv Teacher Workshop video
If you are interested in learning how to make your own rubric for this or other lessons, you may be interested in watching the How to Make a Rubric video below.
These reflective questions will help assess student understanding:
This lesson was originally created for TryEngineering by IEEE.
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