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Subject key:

  • Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Engineering
  • Maths
  • Computing

Student age:

  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 11-14
  • 14-16
  • 16+
Robot arms in the car manufacturing industry.

3D modelling

Design and Technology Engineering Diploma Appropriate for children aged 11 to 14 Appropriate for children aged 14 to 16

Type: ExtensionDuration: 120 mins

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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All activity sheets and supporting resources (including film clips!) are free to download, and all the documents are fully editable, so you can tailor them to your students' and your schools' needs.

You can stream and download the related films by clicking on the appropriate link in the Related resources section below.

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