Arthropod Locomotion: Engineering

Arthropods walk with jointed legs and a tripod balance and stay low to the ground. Professor Robert Full spends his career researching arthropod locomotion and movement and shares his discoveries with viewers in a science video. Scholars view arthropod treadmills and obstacle courses before discovering how to apply the research to robotics.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Observe arthropods walking with tripod stability
  • Invite a robotics expert to discuss locomotion options and their benefits and detriments
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of joints, legs, locomotion, and arthropods
Pros

  • Connects multiple branches of science
  • Smoothly integrates with Google Classroom
Cons

  • None