Students discuss the needs for robots in space discovery, and take turns simulating a robot and controller to demonstrate the difficulties of programming a robot to successfully complete simple tasks.
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NASA Engineering Design Challenges - Spacecraft Structures
What kind of design challenges are there in building structures to support rocket engines? The unit takes design teams through the process of building the lightest possible thrust support structure that can withstand the necessary forces...
6th - 9th Science
Beginning Engineering, Science, and Technology
Space, the Final Frontier. The nine NASA-created challenges in this unit are designed to teach class members the engineering design process. Each challenge comes with teacher and student pages that can be used individually or as a...
6th - 8th Technology & Engineering
System Engineering a Robot
Ever think, "If only I had a robot to do this for me!" Here, groups determine a task that can be performed by a robot or computer program and then tap into their imaginations to design a solution. To complete the project, teams deliver a...
7th - 12th Technology & Engineering