Think Like a Robot

Think Like a Robot
Inspiring STEM in all Students
Project Materials Purchased with Grant Money*
Miscellaneous supplies from Home Depot and Michaels
Robotic Arms from OWI
11 at $30 each
1 at $70 each for robotic arms with teacher’s guide
Robotic Hands from Yeager
3 at $150 each (better deals available online)
*Estimates do not include shipping and handling fees
Objectives of 9-Week Curricular Unit
9-Week Curricular Unit with Extensions
Team Building Activity
Explore Engineering Design Process
Design “Home Made” Robotic Arm
Interview Prosthetic Expert
Customize Robotic Hand for
Assemble Robotic Arm
Think Like a Robot
Kick Off Activity
Kick Off Activity
Marshmallow Challenge
Tom Wujec: Build a
tower, build a team
twenty sticks of
spaghetti, one yard of
masking tape, one yard
of string and one
Curricular Unit: Creative Engineering Design
480 minutes of lessons on each step of the
design loop
Engineering Design Loop Introduction
Pre Test Activity available from
Key Terms
• Constraints
• design loop
• Iterative
• Prosthetic
• Requirements
• Target population
Youtube video titled Engineering Design Process by NASASciFiles
Engineering Design
Process Step 1:
Identifying the Need
Students complete an inventory
worksheet to completely identify
the need of a target population who
requires a prosthetic or robotic arm.
Students complete a role reversal
activity to put themselves in the
shoes of the target population.
Engineering Design
Process Step 2:
Research the Problem
User Interviews
Build Your Own Robot Arm
Lesson Plan, Student Worksheet, & Video
Engineering Design
Process Step 3:
Various materials from Home
Depot and Michaels are laid
out for students to see and
consider for the construction
of their “Home Made”
Robotic Arm Prototype.
3" wide and approx. 22" long strips of
Binder clips (different sizes)
Craft sticks
Fishing line
Paper clips (diff. Sizes)
Rubber bands (different sizes)
Tape-- clear and masking
Various size scraps of cardboard
PVC Piping
Painter’s Paddles (all sizes)
Engineering Design
Process Step 3:
Engineering Design
Process Step 4:
Engineering Analysis
Study Famous Engineering Design
Failures like Titanic and Tacoma
Narrows Bridge
Discuss computer aided design,
dynamic analysis, and static analysis
Consider evaluation rubrics used to
compare design alternatives
Inspiring video on persevering no matter how many
times you have failed in life.
•Winston Churchill
•Thomas Edison
•Lucille Ball
•JK Rowling
•Stephen King
•Oprah Winfrey
•Walt Disney
•Steven Spielberg
•RH Macy
•Soichiro Honda
•Colonel Sanders
•Dick Cheney
•Sir Isaac Newton
•Vera Wang
•Sidney Poitier
Engineering Design
Process Step 5:
Construct a Prototype
Giro Sunglass Design
Rolls-Royce says it could soon use 3D
printing to make parts for its passenger
jet engines
The new technique could allow quicker
and cheaper production
Students Get Creative &
Construct Their ‘Home Made’
Robotic Arms
Students are introduced to technical drawings/scale drawings as they learn to
communicate their designs.
After discussion of final step in Engineering Design Process which is Evaluate
and Manufacture a final product, students take a post test.
Students are assessed throughout the process through formal evaluations in
the form of worksheets , quizzes, presentations, summaries, journal entries,
etc. Informal assessments take place on a daily basis to help students stay
motivated an on-task.
Omnitron Electronics
Robotic Arm Edge kits
Robotic/Bionic Hand kits from
Yaeger Foundation
Additional Extensions
Learn to Solder Kits

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