Art & Music, Science

Project Type

Starter Projects, Real World Models

Required Tutorials

Position Servo

Estimated Time

Short (1-3 hours)

My First Real World Model

Students will build a simple biomimetic robot to recreate the motion of an aquatic animal with robotic components. Students will build, program, and animate their aquatic animal using the Hummingbird Robotics Kit.

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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 animal..

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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