I bet you are anxious to read the Design Brief!  Download and print a copy.  Decide on a team name and write this on the front cover.  Be sure to keep this document safe!  You will need to hand it in to your teacher at the completion of this WebQuest.    

Design Brief

Next, you will need to choose a role to play.  While you are all expert toy designers, each team will need one of the following specialists- 


 Product Research Specialist


 Design and Planning Engineer       


 Project Coordinator                       

Click on each expert to find out more about the role.  

Have you chosen a role?  Fill in your names on the front cover of the design brief. Remember, while you need to ensure that your role is fulfilled, you will need to work as a team to get the job done!

Let's get started!

Step 1   (Section 1 in your Design Brief)

You all know your 2D and 3D shapes, but lets play a few games to jog your memory. As you master each game, your researcher will need to sign them off on the design brief so that Michelle Newton is ensured that your team are shape experts!
2D Shapes
3D Shapes  
Shape Sort
Shape Tool
Have a quick look around the classroom, how many 3D shapes can you see and name?

Step 2

Great!  You are an expert at naming and recognising 2D and 3D shapes!  Now lets looks at them a little closer.  What attributes and properties do these shapes have?Lets explore.      
2D Shapes - What am I?
How can we make 3D shapes out of 2D patterns?    Think of a cereal box.  If you cut it open and laid it out flat, would you see the 2D shapes the make up the 3D box?  Give it a try!  Raid the craft area for a box, dissect it, and see what you come up with!   
So, have you heard of a net?  What is a net?  
"A net is what a 3D object would look like if you unzipped the edges and flattened it out" (Bruce, n.d.). 


Can you make a cube from these nets?  Print out a copy of this worksheet. Remember to make predictions before you try! Can you make a cube from these nets?
Have some fun with Dr Gee!  Play this game and see how you go, make sure you all have a turn.  How did you go?  Do you still need more practice with connecting 3D shapes to their nets?
Explore this website to help you more with nets.  Nets Enrichment
Now, work as a team to complete the 3D Shape Properties worksheet. Once completed, attach to your design brief; Ms Newton will then see that your team are 3D experts!  You may need to explore this SHAPES website to help you.
Are you confident with your shapes now?  I think so!  Sign off on the design brief, and let's go to the next step...

Robots Research
Step 3
You are getting closer to designing your robot.  You will need to research robots to give you some ideas on shapes to use.  Below are four pictures to look at. Create a 'data display' using a column graph or picture graph, of the shapes you can see on the robots.  
Are you confident with creating graphs?  If not, check out this video...


Try creating your own graph, but if you get stuck, print out this blank graph to get you started. Remember it must be neat if you want your robot design to be chosen!     
*When you are looking at the pictures remember to think, are these robots symmetrical?
R2D2 and C3PO
If you wish, you may research further robots using Google Images.
Finished?  Great!!  Discuss with each other about what information your graph is giving you. Will this information help you decide what objects to use in your robot design?  Add your completed graph to your design brief and lets keep going!

Robot Design

Step 4 (Section 2 in your Design Brief)

It's time to start designing your robot!  

Hint - Have another look at the rubric to make sure you are on the right track when designing your robot!  

*Remember, your robot must be symmetrical, at least 30cm tall, use 3 or more 3D shapes, and it must be constructed from the cardboard given to you by your teacher.  

Do you need some help with drawing 3D objects?  No problem!  Print out a copy of this document to help you.   Drawing 3D Objects

You may like to play around with the shape blocks before drawing your draft. You may draw as many drafts as you like and are encouraged to do so until you are all happy with the design.  


Step 5

Your engineer now needs to draw the final design into the Design Brief. Remember you will need to label the 3D objects and the robot's height, width and depth, as neatly as possible.  

You will need to include a graph listing the shapes needed to construct your robot (your researcher and project coordinator can work on this while your engineer is busy drawing). Check the Design Brief for more detailed information.


 Well done!  You are now ready to show your teacher your robot design for approval!  Hand in your design brief to your teacher to discuss your robot design.  You will need to verbally explain the choice of 3D objects.  Once you have been given the all clear and have your teacher's signature on the design, you may go to the next step!

Robot Construction

Step 6 (Section 3 in your Design Brief)

It's time to start constructing!

First, you will need to draw the nets of the objects you will need.  There is space in your design brief to do this.  Remember you will need to measure your nets to make sure that the actual size of your robot matches your design, and meets the height requirement.  

If you are having trouble drawing your nets, you may access this website to help you -

Nets 3D Models


You can now accurately draw the nets onto card.  Make sure you use measure accurately; the nets need to be neat and clear.  This is a big job, you will all need to help your engineer with this! 


Step 7

If you are ready to cut your nets, check with your teacher.  Once you have done this, you can begin assembling your robot! You may choose to use tape, glue or any other adhesive material.  When you are constructing, think - are there any gaps between faces on any of the 3D objects?

It is a good idea to read the rubric again on the Evaluation page!

How did you go?  Would you like to decorate your robot?  If you have time to spare, you will get extra points for decorating!  You may need to check with your teacher to make sure you have enough time!

Once you are happy with your robot, take photos and attach them to your design brief! 


Nearing the End...

Step 8 (Section 4 in your Design Brief)

You've nearly finished!  What an effort you have all put in to get here, well done! It's now time to reflect upon and evaluate your robot.  Does your robot meet the Design Brief? Section 4 contains several questions.  You will need to discuss these together as a team and then your Project Coordinator can record the answers. Think carefully here! Check the Evaluation page to see what you will be marked on!


You've finished!!  Now have some fun with additional activities to extend your thinking! 

Conclusion Page