9th Grade General Math & Science
In this unit, students will learn about the different types and categories of robot manipulators. Students will be presented with robot manipulators from the real world, and shown the basic principles behind their operation. Students will then create their own object manipulator for use on their competition robot.
- The students will be able to demonstrate the basic concepts of manipulators and accumulators.
- The students will be able to design examples of each.
Students use real world examples of manipulators found in their community.
- Unit Guide
- Internet Access
- VEX Robotics Kit
- Storage containers
- Online Resources
- Computer with Autodesk Inventor
Day to Day Lesson Plan:
Introduction to unit, Key Terminology Worksheet, Engineering Notebook
Find out what students already know about object manipulators.
Arrange students into teams to come up with definitions for key terminology.
Allow student groups to present their findings to the class or to their small teams.
Provide basic concept development.
Manipulators work on Terminology Worksheet, descriptions and explanations of each type of manipulators, students create a list in engineering notebook.
Review concepts from Day 1.
Allow student teams to research robotic manipulators in their community. Examples: Construction industry, manufacturing industry, and medical applications.
Students can make sketches into their Engineering notebook that feature each of the different types.
Students can also use Autodesk Inventor to sketch some of the manipulators that they find.
Presentation on accumulators
Complete and review vocabulary worksheet
Students will create a list and begin to make sketches in their engineering notebook on the descriptions and explanations of each type of accumulator
Students can also use Autodesk Inventor to show the types of accumulators
Activity Brainstorm, sketches in Engineering notebook, approval to start creation of an Object Manipulator
Explanation of the brainstorming process
Arrange students into teams and provide specific topics for brainstorming
Designs for Manipulators
Designs for Accumulators
Allow students to sketch or use Inventor to create plans for their manipulator
Begin the building process of the manipulator
Function testing and redesign
Finish any last minute redesign
Presentation by groups on their robots
Engineering notebook submission
Post evaluation from group presentations
Opportunity to go back and review any concepts where students struggled.
Engineering Notebook “Seed Questions”:
- Why would you choose one type of a manipulator over another type?
- How can your data from your test improve your redesign?