Robo-Arm

Create a robo-arm device that helps you grab stuff

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Session Details

Invention: Robo Arm

Theme: Inclusive Design

Time: 2 hrs

Materials:

  • Mentors will need to bring a connected device (phone, ipad, or computer) to access instructional videos.

  • Snap The Gap STEM Kits (Base & Music) will be provided for the girls.

Quick Resources:

 

Meet Up

10 min

PAIR OFF & CATCH UP

  • Discuss what your mentee explored on JAM.com since last session. What topics did they find interesting and why? Did they participate in any challenges.If possible, take a look together.

 

Inspire

10 min

INSPIRE: Simone Giertz Nose Blowing Machine - engineer who makes hilarious “helpful” machines

PROMPT: When you are building the robo arm today, think about types of tasks that a robotic arm could help with.

DISCUSS/CAREERS: Industrial/Product designers, mechanical engineers, user researchers, electrical engineers, software developers


Invent!

60 min

WATCH VIDEOS FOR GRIPPER INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Intro to Wearables

  2. Create Gripper

  3. Play Gripper

REMIX (if time)

  1. Create Auto-gripper

  2. Play Auto-gripper

  3. Play Latch

 

PROMPT: Think about how you can make adjustments to your robo-arm to serve a different purpose. Try to make some adjustments. Are there other materials you can add to your gripper that would be helpful?


Reflect

10 Min

DISCUSS WITH YOUR MENTEE:

  • Something your mentee knew about the invention beforehand and something new they learned

  • How they could use this invention for future use or for even bigger invention?

  • Think of some examples that they have seen this invention in everyday lives (i.e., the claw game at an arcade)

 

Group Share

[Optional]

10 Min

MENTEES SHARE

  • Share what you made and the different ways you can imagine it being used. What are different ways a robo arm could be used to help others?

 

Wrap Up

5 Min

CLEAN UP

  • Make sure you have all the parts shown on the side of the box and put them away in the box for storage.

  • Note: your mentee will need to deconstruct part or all of her invention.

 

Next Steps

5 min

SUPER IMPORTANT HOMEWORK

  • Before next session, your mentee should go on JAM, select a topic that sounds interesting, participate in 1 challenge, and upload to the community. You will discuss it next time!

 

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