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Build Your Own DrawBot

With a few simple tools and a little creativity, you can build your very own drawing robot!

Downloads & Resources

  • Subjects
  • Art
  • Engineering
  • Duration
  • 30-60 minutes
  • Compatible Robots
  • Group Size
  • Individual
  • Small Groups (2-4)
  • Large Groups (5-10)
  • Full Classroom (20+)
  • Experience Level
  • No Experience Required
  • PreK-K
  • Grades 1-3
  • Things You'll Need
  • Adult Supervision Required!
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Battery
  • DC Motor
  • Clothespin
  • Paper Cup
  • Googly Eyes (optional)
Educational Standards

Next Generation Science Standards


Ask questions, make observations, and gather information about a situation people want to change to define a simple problem that can be solved through the development of a new or improved object or tool.


Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.


Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.


Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.


Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.


Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.