Take a good look at Zowi. Zowi’s size and shape weren’t chosen by accident. The size of its head is just right for storing the battery and chips, and the legs are the right size for storing the motors.
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Industrial designers and mechanical engineers aim to design objects which are both attractive and functional.
Experiment 1 – Zowi’s Head
What would happen if Zowi’s head were smaller? What about if it were a sphere?
Disassemble Zowi’s head to see what’s inside.
When disassembling Zowi it is important that you read the assembly and disassembly guide. If not, get an adult to help you.
Experiment 2- Biología Robótica 101
Now that you have disassembled Zowi and you have all of those wires in front of you, it’s a good time to start talking about robotic components.
Basically, all robots need the following four components:
Are you able to recognise each of Zowi’s components and identify which ones are sensors and which ones are actuators?
To tell them apart, ask yourself whether the component collects information (sensor) or does things (actuator).
Don’t forget to reassemble Zowi. If you have also disconnected the cables from the circuit board, use the assembly guide to help you put them back in place. If you don’t get it right first time, don’t worry, you can open it as many times as you wish.