Vibrobots— Tiny Robots from Scratch
- Apply the engineering design process to iteratively test and improve a robot.
- Understand the difference between open, closed, and short circuits.
Vibrobots can be made from a wide variety of materials such as pipe cleaners, paper, paperclips, toothpicks and bottle caps.
OverviewVibrobots are tiny robots powered by a vibrating motor, like the type found in cell phones. In this lesson plan, your students will learn about engineering design as they build their own vibrobots from craft materials. No previous experience with robots is required!
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
For each student or small group of students building a robot, you will need these items in the Bristlebot Robotics Kit from our partner Home Science Tools (also available as a Classroom Kit specially priced for teachers):
For the entire class, you will need assorted craft materials, such as:
Area of Science
Electricity, circuits, energy, engineering
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