Robot Basketball

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In this activity, learners explore accuracy and precision. Learners work in teams to design and build a “robotic basketball player” for the World Robot Basketball League (RBL) that can accurately shoot a free-throw shot 3 times in a row.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
2 to 4 hours

Estimated Materials Cost:
Over $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)

  • Student Resource Sheets
  • Student Worksheets
  • Pieces of corrugated cardboard (different sizes cut from boxes)
  • Card stock and/or file folders
  • Cups and plates (foam, plastic and paper all different sizes)
  • Plastic spoons
  • Rulers
  • String
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Craft sticks
  • Straws
  • Binder clips (all sizes)
  • Paper clips (all sizes)
  • Rubber bands
  • Craft wire
  • Skewers
  • Clay
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Glue
  • Paper and/or construction paper
  • Markers
  • Ping Pong balls
  • Waste Paper Basket
  • Basketball (optional)


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mechanical Engineering
    • Technology
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Energy
      • Work and Machines
    • Motion and Forces
      • Machines
      • Gravity
      • Projectile Motion
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Research and Development
      • Invention and Innovation
      • Problem Solving
      • Troubleshooting and Maintenance

Informal Categories

  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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


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Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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