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Unformatted text preview: Robot Arm Page 1 of 6 Developed by IEEE as part of TryEngineering www.tryengineering.org Build Your Own Robot Arm Provided by TryEngineering - www.tryengineering.org Click here to provide feedback on this lesson. Lesson Focus Develop a robot arm using common materials. Students will explore design, construction, teamwork, and materials selection and use. Note: This lesson plan is designed for classroom use only, with supervision by a teacher familiar with electrical and electronic concepts. Lesson Synopsis 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. Age Levels 8-18. Objectives Learn design concepts. Learn teamwork. Learn problem solving techniques. Learn about simple machines. Anticipated Learner Outcomes As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of: 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. Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks See attached curriculum alignment sheet. Robot Arm Page 2 of 6 Developed by IEEE as part of TryEngineering www.tryengineering.org Resources/Materials 3" wide and approx. 22" long strips of cardboard-- 5 or so Binder clips (different sizes)-- 8 or more Brads-- @10 Clothespins-- 6 Craft sticks--10-15 Fishing line-- 3-4 feet Hangers-- 1 or 2 Paper clips (diff. Sizes)-- 10-15 Pencils-- 3-4 Rubber bands (different sizes)--15 Tape-- clear and masking (partial rolls should be fine) Twine-- 3-4 feet...
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