Make It Move Up An Incline


Design Brief
Design, build and program a robot that can move itself up an incline as steep as possible.

Discuss different solutions to the design brief.

Think about:
• How can gears increase the motor power?
• How can a program control the motor power?
• How does the need to move up an incline affect the design?

Select the Best Solution
Describe the solution that you have agreed to build and program.

Think about examples from your brainstorming discussion. Then explain why you chose this solution for the design brief.



Build and Program
Now you are ready to start building and programming your solution!

As you work on your solution, use this log page to:

  1. Describe one part of your design that worked especially well.
  2. Describe one design change that you had to make.
  3. Explain what you will try next.

As you test your design solution, use the table on the next two pages for collecting and recording your findings.



Test and Analyze
How well does your solution satisfy the design brief? Use this page to record your data. Name the columns and rows, such as Trial Number, Incline Angle, Gear Ratio, Motor Power, Time Indicator and Observations.

Review and Revise
Take a moment to reflect on your robot solution.

Think about:
• Does the robot move up the incline easily or with difficulty?
• Have you tested a range of settings to optimise the motor power?
• What are some ways that others have solved the problem?

Describe two ways you could improve your robot.


Here are some ideas to suggest to students: 
• Create a video of your project, especially your final presentation and robot performance;
• Explain some important features of your software program;
• Produce a building guide of your model by taking a series of photographs as you deconstruct it;
• Include an image of your program with comments;
• Add a team photograph!

Congratulations! What will you design next?