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Lesson 3: Designing Lifts


Now that you have built and tested your robot's ability to score on all three platforms, you are ready for the Lift and Score Challenge.

The goal of this challenge is to score as many points as possible in one minute, by placing game objects on the platforms on the Field. The animation below shows an example of how to set up the Field and begin the competition. You will see the robot score the first two game objects, then move to get the next game object. The animation will then show the end of the timed trial and the scoring of the objects on the Field.

Lift and Score Challenge Activity Google Doc / .docx / .pdf

Once you have completed the Lift and Score Challenge, check in with your teacher. Ensure you have documented the results of the challenge in your engineering notebook.

Wrap Up Reflection

Now that you have iterated on your robot and competed in the Lift and Score Challenge, it is time to reflect on what you have learned and done in this Lesson. Start a new page in your engineering notebook to begin your reflection.

Rate yourself as a novice, apprentice, or expert on each of the following concepts in your engineering notebook. Provide a brief explanation for why you gave yourself that rating for each concept:

  • Identifying various types of lift designs and how they can be used to move objects with a robot
  • Building and iterating on our robot design to enable it to reach the high platform on the Field
  • Collaborating with my team members to create a strategy to optimize our scoring in the challenge

Use this table to help you determine which category you fall under.


I feel that I fully understood the concept and could teach this to someone else.
Apprentice I feel that I understood the concept enough to compete in the challenge.
Novice I feel that I did not understand the concept and do not know how to complete the challenge.

What's Next?

In this Lesson, you learned about lift design and motor groups, and how they can be used to make your robot accomplish a task, like lifting an object to a higher platform. You built and iterated on your robot design to score game objects on all three platforms on the Field, and competed in the Lift and Score Challenge. 

In the next Lesson, you will: 

  • Learn about how to develop a game strategy with your teammates
  • Iterate on your strategy to maximize your score in a challenge
  • Compete in the Shared Strategy Challenge

Image of Clawbots scoring objects on the Field together

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