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Ping Pong Challenge

Details

Space: 
inside
Time: 
2-3 hours
Subject: 
English
Math
Science
Grades: 
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Key Terms: 
1.5 volt motor
battery
complete circuit
engineer
ping pong ball
challenge
robot
wires
switch
Materials: 
1.5 volt motor
Wires
Battery holder
scraps
Brads
Paper clip
Ping Pong Ball

Lesson Overview

Teacher Overview:

This challenge is a lot of fun and all you need is a 1.5 volt motor, some wire, a battery a bunch of scraps, a creative imagination and a ping pong ball.  The goal is to build a robot that knocks a ping pong ball off the middle of a table. Students will learn about a complete circuit while engineering scraps together to accomplish the challenge.  (You can also include a switch if you have them but they are not necessary. Students could make a switch)

Student Summary: 

You will get into teams and build a robot that knocks a ping pong ball off a table.  You will use 3 volts, a few wires a switch, cardboard, wheels, cups, a 1 point 5 volt motor and tape.

Lesson Phases

Plan

What is a complete circuit?
How many volts does your battery have?
Description: 
You will get into teams and build a robot that knocks a ping pong ball off a table. Make a plan of how you will do this.

Build

Are there other materials you wished you could use and if so, what are they?
How did you turn your robot on and off?
Description: 
You will use 3 volts, a few wires a switch, cardboard, wheels, cups, a 1 point 5 volt motor and tape.

Iteration

What was your biggest challenge and how did you overcome it?
Did your team get along well? Why or why not?
Did everyone on your team have a voice on how the robot was built?
Description: 
The class will come up with numerous robots. Go around and see what iterations other groups had to make. Capture some of those iterations.

Ping Pong Ball

Rate this challenge on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best. Why did you rate this challenge they way that you did?
Description: 
In this phase, your group will try to knock the ping pong ball off the table with the robot you built.

Student Video

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