Dash Launch Investigation

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Dash Launch Investigation by khuttner Mar 12, 2017

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This lesson integrates the Wonder Workshop Dash robot launcher with a 3D printed sphere to investigate how mass affects distance of launch. The spheres are different infills which is the start of the LAUNCH lesson or design cycle of this lesson.

Print Settings

Printer Brand:



MakerBot Replicator (5th Generation)






Overview and Background


The LAUNCH design cycle is about L - Look, Listen, A - Ask Questions, U - Understand, N - Need to Know, C - Create a Prototype, and H - Highlight. This unit of investigation starts with the Dash, Wonder Workshop robot, and the launcher.

Lesson Plan and Activity

Introduction to the Dash Robot and Launcher

L - Look, Listen

A - Ask Questions

U - Understand

N - Need to Know

C - Create a Prototype, H - Highlight and Share

Materials Needed

Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
3 Spheres printed - 5%, 10%, and 15% infill
Measuring tape
Blockly App - Launch at specific percentage for all trials
Numbers documentation - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7FOtDv-1GnWaTEtdDZYTkwxczA
or PDF documentation - https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B7FOtDv-1GnWZFZTZmdYbVlqMms

Skills Learned

  • observation
  • prediction
  • research
  • design

Duration of Lesson

150 minutes not including 3D print time


3 spheres printed for each group with 5%, 10%, and 15% infill

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