Language Arts, Social Studies

Project Type

Starter Projects, Creatures & Characters

Required Tutorials

Position Servo

Estimated Time

Short (1-3 hours)

My First Animated Character

Students will create a character from a book, historical figure, or a representation of themself using cutlery and a position servo.

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Learning Goals

Students will be able to design a character and add motion by programming a position servo.


  • Hummingbird Robotics Kit
  • Programming device (Mac/Windows laptop, Chromebook, tablet, iPad, or smartphone)
  • Plastic cutlery
  • Paper cup, a chip can, or a box to mount the servo
  • Crafting supplies such as scissors, glue, tape, markers, pipe cleaners, etc.
  • My Robot Design Notebook (pages 6 & 11)


  • See our FULL lesson plan (with sample code) in the free teacher materials above
  • Have students work in groups of 2-3.
  • Our Printables page has a variety of documents for making teaching and learning with Hummingbird easier. Visit and explore resources like the My First Robot Design Notebook now.


*See our FULL lesson plan (with sample code) in the free teacher materials above


SESSION 1 (45-60 minutes)

  • Students learn to code position servos with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit.
  • The teacher explains the project and students choose a character to build.
  • Students create a plan for how they will make their character.

SESSION 2 (45-60 minutes)

  • Students will finish building, decorating, and coding their physical robot.

SESSION 3 (45-60 minutes)

  • Students present their robots and reflect on their process.

Standards Alignment


CSTA Standards are split into different grade levels: 3-5, 6-8, and 9-10. Working with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit meets multiple standards across these grade-level delegations.
Visit this page for a more detailed explanation of how working with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit applies to meeting CSTA Standards.

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