Science, Social Studies, Maker

Project Type

Starter Projects, Engineering & Inventions

Required Tutorials

Position Servo

Estimated Time

Short (1-3 hours)

My First Invention

Students will build a 3D catapult out of provided materials, and use a position servo to animate the catapult.

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Learning Goals

Students will learn to program with the Hummingbird Robotics Kit, including getting to know the individual components and incorporating them into a project. Students will engage in the engineering process, collaborate, and solve problems as they go.



  • 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.
  • Teacher explains the project and students create a plan for how they will make their catapult.

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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