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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.
  • 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

Full Lesson Plan PDF
Student Worksheets

To see portions of Build Your Own Robot Arm in action, view the following video:

Check out the at-home version of this activity in the Robotics Issue of IEEE Spark. 

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

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Tom Shaw

Technical Education Post, Online Publisher

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