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Lesson

Crane Automation (micro:bit)

Strawbees Team

Explore in this lesson the reasons for automation and improvements to the quality of human life with the Sustainable Development Goals of infrastructure, industry, innovation with good health. In many robotic and automated creations, the movement of the motor matches the expected result will not be perfect the first time. Explore how to get different results of the crane’s automated movement by changing the motor, the code controlling the motor, and adjust the movement of the mechanical structure.

10-14+
45m
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United States 5, 6, 7, 8
Engineering Design
Simple Machines
Student Journal
Guide - Simple Machines and Linkages

Overview and Objectives

Lesson Structure

When students go through this lesson in each section the objectives they will learn are:

  • Warm-up – Recognize the importance of automation in the development of technologies that enable humans to work faster, safer, and more efficiently. 
  • Imagine – Explain how cranes have utilized the mechanical advantage of levers throughout history and in the modern world to build and construct, as well as the human role in operating cranes.
  • Create – Create a 2D crane for exploring levers with linkages for mechanical advantage. 
  • Build – Build a controlled system using levers to move the crane to lift and drop.
  • Reflect – Reflect on the role that crane automation could play in improving the industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure as well as health and wellbeing.
  • Challenges – Extend your learning through real-world design challenges.

After this lesson students will be able to:

  • Recognize several ways that automation helps humans complete difficult or repetitive tasks. 
  • Design a mechanical structure using levers pushed and pulled by the mechanical linkage connected to the servo motor. 
  • Refine the crane's design through creating tests such as objects to pick up, exchanging different kinds of linkages, straw sizes, repositioning the motor, or changing the code.
  • Demonstrate the transfer of energy from place to place through the electric servo motor.
  • Understand innovation of an invention through history and realizing the future of automation and how it contributes to improving human work conditions.

Structure

When starting Crane Automation, you will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of automation in the development of technologies that enable humans to work faster, safer, and more efficiently.
  • Explain how cranes have utilized the mechanical advantage of levers throughout history and in the modern world to build and construct, as well as the human role in operating cranes.
  • Create a 2D crane for exploring levers with linkages for mechanical advantage. 
  • Build a controlled system using levers to move the crane to lift and drop.
  • Reflect on the role that crane automation could play in improving the industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure as well as health and wellbeing.
  • Extend your learning through real-world design challenges.