Peanut Butter and Jelly Robot

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This is an activity about robotics programming. Learners will discover how precise programmers have to be as they instruct a friend to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. This is a great activity for both the "programmer" and the "robot" to use their creativity to its fullest.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Game, Simulation


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Jar of peanut butter
  • Jar of jelly
  • One or two slices of bread
  • Knife
  • Plate


  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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