Nexplore Build-A-Bot

Calling All Engineers and Scientists! Build A Bot Workshop is an inquiry-based, fun and hands-on STEAM experience designed for 3rd – 8th grade student’s 3rd aspired to build Robots.  In this program, students will build a series of Robots each of which operates with a different mechanism and designed for a unique purpose such as: Vacu-Bot, Brush Bot, Drawing-Bot, Crawling Bot,  Walking Bot, Spider Bot as well as propeller and Solar Cars.  This program is fully aligned with NGSS standards. and on top of all, students get to keep and play with their creations.  
Grade Level Image Subject Videos Presentation
 3rd – 8th 

propeller Car


Explores Newton’s laws of motion, air, thrust,propellers, aviation and electricity
 3rd – 8th 



Explores suction, vacuum, impellers, switches,and more.
 3rd – 8th 

Brush Bot


Explores friction, vibration, eccentric rotation,and more.
 3rd – 8th 

Drawing Bot


Explores “un-balanced” rotation, electricity,tangent, concentric and congruent circles, and art.
 3rd – 8th 

Crawling Bot


Explores Electricity, switches, open and closed circuits, angled axles and motion.
 3rd – 8th 

Spider Bot


Explores Crank and Slider mechanisms, spiders insects, and how specific animals walk and run,maximizing speed and balance.
 3rd – 8th 

Walking Bot


Explores Electricity, switches, friction, and more
 3rd – 8th 

Solar Car


Explores solar energy, photo-voltaic panels, and more!

Standards Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

ETS1.B: Designing Solutions to Engineering Problems

• Testing a solution involves investigating how well it performs under a range of likely conditions.


PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

• The faster a given object is moving, the more energy

• Energy can be moved from place to place by moving objects or through sound, light, or electric currents.


PS3.B: Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

• Energy is present whenever there are moving objects, sound, light, or heat.

• Energy can also be transferred from place to place by electric currents, which can then be used locally to produce motion, sound, heat, or light.


PS3.C: Relationship Be-tween Energy and Forces

• When objects collide, the contact forces transfer energy so as to change the objects’ motions.


PS3.D: Energy in Chemical Processes and Every-day Life

• The expression “produce energy” typically refers to the conversion of stored energy into a desired form for practical use.


Other Standards ELA/Literacy Standards, such as

W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

SL2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

Give and follow three and four step oral directions.

W.2.8 Recall information from experiences or gather information from provided sources to answer a question.

RI Refer to details and examples in a text when ex-plaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.


Math Standards, such as:

MP.2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

MP.4 Model with mathematics.

MP.5 Use appropriate tools strategically

OA.1-4 Represent and solve problems involving multiplication and division.

OA.5-6 Understand proper-ties of multiplication and the relationship between multi-plication and division

OA.7 Multiply and divide within 100

OA.8-9 Solve problems involving the four operations, and identify and ex-plain patterns in arithmetic.

OA.1-3 Use the four operations with whole numbers to solve problems.

OA.4 Gain familiarity with factors and multiples

OA.5 Generate and analyze patterns

OA.3 Analyze patterns and relationships