Make a ‘Pick and Place’ Robot

Design Brief

Design, build and program a robotic system that can pick up an object from one location and place it in another location.

Think about these questions:

  • Which type of motorised mechanism can be used to pick up the object?
  • How can the robot move the object?
  • How can the robot place the object in another location carefully and accurately?

Start by constructing the Wheel Stack.


Use typed notes, a handwritten lab notebook, sketches, photos, screenshots or videos to document your design process. Make sure to explain:

  1. Any challenges that you are facing.
  2. How you are working to overcome these challenges.
  3. The resources that you need.
  4. Ways in which your classmates or teacher can help you.
  5. Any early signs of success that you are observing.

Communicate the results of your work by:

  • Creating a video that demonstrates your design process starting with your initial ideas and ending with your completed project
  • Creating a presentation that connects your projects with real-world applications of similar systems

Ask for feedback and conduct a self-assessment Use the evaluation tools that your teacher has provided.