Age range: 11-14 | 14-16
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering

3D modelling

Design and model a 3D robot arm

Robot arms are an example of a programmable system. They are used in a wide variety of industrial applications, ranging from loading machines to assembling cars, welding parts together and spray painting products. They are also used in applications such as bomb disposal and repairing space craft as they orbit the earth.

In this series of activities, students will design and model the physical elements of a robot arm.

Activity info, teachers' notes and curriculum links

An engaging activity in which students will produce a 3D model of a robot arm. (This activity assumes that students have previously made a 2D model of a robot arm in the Robot arm design activity).

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Activity

Activity overview

Design and model a 3D robot arm activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.

Presentation

Presentation

Examining the parts of a robot arm.

Podcast

Audio

Medical robots - Podcast produced by Fun Kids Radio as part of the Techno Mum series.

Quiz

Quiz

Test you knowledge of telemedicine!

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