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Mini Robot Wars

Mini Robot Wars, from the Centre for Science Education, is a set of teaching materials which offer a cross-curricular approach to learning about engineering. Students build a small Robot Wars type robot controlled by an umbilical chord and two forward and reverse switches. The starting point is the TEP Lunar Rover Kit. Students are then able to develop the design further to prepare their robot for a competition.

Teachers' notes and the starter activity are included.

This case study can be attempted in a variety of ways depending on curriculum constraints. It can be seen as a simple practical focused task for students aged 12-14, or as a more open-ended project with students aged 14-16.

Starter activity
• A robot's work is never done

• Building a mini robot
• Modifying a mini robot

• Get a grip!
• Turn it over

• Body shell nets

Cross-curricular activities
• Mini robot logos
* Mini robot television
* The grand challenge
* Different skills

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