Make a Pick and Place Robot

Design Brief

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

Think about these questions:

  • Which type of motorized 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 you explain:

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