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Robot Soccer
Lesson 2: Manipulators


Now that you have built and tested manipulators for your Robot, you are ready for the One-on-One Robot Soccer Challenge.

The goal of this challenge is to score as many goals as possible in 60 seconds! The animation below shows an example of how to set up the Field and begin the competition. You will see one robot score a goal. After the goal is scored, the timer will pause while the Field is reset. At the end of the 60 seconds of play time, the robot with the most goals, wins! Follow the steps in this document to complete the One-on-One Robot Soccer Challenge. (Google Doc), (.docx), (.pdf),

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Once you have completed the One-on-One Robot Soccer 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 created a strategy and competed in the One-on-One Robot Soccer 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:

  • Designing, building, and iterating on your manipulator 
  • Using the manipulator to move the cube to the goal in One-on-One Robot Soccer
  • Collaborating with my team members to come up with a strategy combining game play and manipulator design

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 is Next?

    In this Lesson, you learned about active and passive manipulators and how they can be helpful on a robot. You built and iterated on your manipulator design, and competed in a One-on-One version of Robot Soccer. Now it is time to compete in the Robot Soccer Competition!

    In the next Lesson, you will:

    • Go over the rules of the competition
    • Develop a game strategy
    • Compete in the Robot Soccer competition

    L2 Compete

    Select < Return to Lessons to go back to the Lesson Overview.

    Select Next Lesson > to continue to Lesson 3 and learn how to participate in the Robot Soccer competition!