Table Tennis Server

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Students work in teams to design and make a prototype device that will serve tennis balls consistently across a table tennis table. The server must fit securely on the edge of the table and serve at least four balls accurately and precisely in the same position and allow the ball to be returned. In this challenge the device will have to: • Serve four balls consistently across a net • Be accurate and precise in relation to the location of the served ball • Be operated remotely and move in both the horizontal and vertical planes This cross-curricular Science, Design and Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activity day encourages the development of students’ problem solving, team working and communication skills. Students achieve a better understanding of what engineering is and the science, maths and technology elements within engineering, leading to increased engagement in science or technology lessons afterwards. This DIY Challenge Day resource was produced by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

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