"Draw a Robot" Design Challenge
Hosted by: UT Austin IEEE Robotics and Automation Society
Visit our Booth: Sunday, March 7, 2021, 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Recommended Grades: K-5
The Challenge: Design (draw) a robot that accomplishes a certain task! The robot can do any task you want it to! The robot can do that task in any way you can imagine, so long as you draw how it works! When you are finished, feel free to reach out to one of our members and share your robot design! If you do not know which task you want your robot to do, you should try one of our many fun example tasks!
- A robot that picks up a slice of pizza.
- A robot that writes your name using a marker.
- A robot that can dance!
- A robot that can juggle!
Take a video of your robot drawing and explain what your robot is designed to do and how it works. Share your video on Flipgrid.
- A marker, pencil, crayon, or pen.
- A piece of paper.
How does this activity connect to STEM and today's Girl Day theme of Creating in Code: Computing, Cybersecurity, Robotics? Engineers have to first imagine what kind of robot they are building before they ever do coding. Knowing and drawing out how your robot works will help you better understand how to do coding later on!
Engineers often use code to make robots do tasks such as:
- Explore the surfaces of moons and planets!
- Allow for cars to safely drive themselves!
- Walk and run like a person!
Watch our Robot Couch video for one of our favorite robotics projects.
IEEE Robotics and Automation Society at The University of Texas at Austin
The IEEE Robotics & Automation Society at the University of Texas at Austin inspires robotics research and aspires to make robotics more accessible to persons of all backgrounds. Since 1997, from our primary residence in UT's Electrical and Computer Engineering department, we have connected undergraduate students from mechanical, electrical, aerospace, computer, and other engineering (and non-engineering) fields. We help students gain practical multi-disciplinary experience in the lab, then demonstrate our abilities at various robotics competitions while promoting robotics via community outreach.