Hydraulic Claw Activity

$9.60

Design and build a hydraulic claw that works just like the games in an arcade. Move the upper cylinder and watch your claw open and close below. We have documents to get you started, but the final claw design up to you. Can you design a claw to pick up specific objects (worms, marshmallows, balls)? Take a look at the photos above for ideas and inspiration.

Tools are required for 10 Packs but are optional for single kits.


Activity Videos

Activity Documents

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Go Guide:

Go Guide:
PDF DOCX Videos
Start here! Build your claw, evolve your design, and begin an engineering challenge!

Labs:

Fluid Power Lab:
PDF ANSWERS
Explore how hydraulic and pneumatic power systems work. Ages 12+.

Challenges:

Build a claw to clean up the ocean, challenge your friends to a game of "Claw Ball," or "HORSE!"
See the Go Guide document for challenge instructions.

Go Guide:
PDF DOCX Videos
Challenge instructions are included in this document.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

Other Resources:

STEAM Market-It Challenge:
PDF DOCX
Add the STEAM Market-It Challenge to any completed TeacherGeek activity to teach students how to turn their TeacherGeek design into a retail product. Students will learn the 4 'Ps' of marketing - Product, Placement, Price and Promotion. Students have the option of completing a commercial, a billboard or retail packaging as a summative assessment.
Engineering Notebooks:
Simple Version
Full Version
Available at two different learning levels, TeacherGeek Engineering Notebooks are designed to help students cycle through the Design & Engineering Process and help them innovate and invent new designs. Use an Engineering Notebook page for each iteration of design. We recommend keeping extra copies of this on-hand for kids during activities.

TeacherGeek Tools

Tools are necessary for 10-packs, but optional for singles.


Multi-Cutter

Cut dowels, strips,
recycling bin items, etc.

Reamer

Ream splines (teeth),
from holes so
dowels spin freely.

Screw Driver

Drive screws into holes.

Mini Hammer

Tap dowels into
other components.

    Claw Components

    What comes with the Hydraulic Claw?

    Single Kit


    4x Connector Strips
    1x Slide Stop (75 mm)
    8x Screws (#10 25mm)
    4x Nuts (#10)
    2x Cylinder Screws
    4x Perpendicular Blocks
    2x Cylinders (4.5 ml)
    1x Tubing (38 cm)
    4x Zip Ties
    2x Dowels (150 mm)
    4x Dowels (75 mm)
    6x Dowels (50 mm)

    10-Pack


    40x Connector Strips
    3x Slide Stop (300 mm)
    80x Screws (#10 25mm)
    40x Nuts (#10)
    20x Cylinder Screws
    40x Perpendicular Blocks
    20x Cylinders (4.5 ml)
    10x Tubing (38 cm)
    40x Zip Ties
    30x Dowels (300 mm)

    This is an educational product and not a toy. It is intended for use by ages 6 and above with adult supervision.

      Science, Math & Engineering Standards

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      NGSS standards matrix for all TeacherGeek activities.
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      ITEEA standards matrix for all TeacherGeek activities.