In addition to designing and creating your robotic arm, you have one other task for this week.

This weeks blog post:
Play the Codex of Alchemical Engineering

I’ve had both high schoolers and middle schoolers play and understand the game. However, the game is a little instruction heavy at the start, and they may leave you a little confused. In addition, when you start the first level, there is no tutorial, but if you play with it a bit, you should get the hang of it. The directions are a bit more helpful after you’ve started the first level, you can go back to the instructions by clicking the help button in the bottom left of the screen. Once you’ve completed a levels requirements, you can save, quit, and move onto the next level.


  1. What is the basic goal in the game?
  2. How do you meet the goal?
  3. What are the minimum number of arms (or manipulators) you need to complete level two?
  4. Think about the different programming options for the manipulator. When you are about to place a manipulator, press shift and control a couple of times. Notice how the graphic changes. Based on the programming options, and the graphical changes when adjusting the manipulators rotation and length, how many degrees of freedom would you say it has?
  5. Imagine each square on the grid is exactly a meter. Based on that hypothetical measurement, what is the manipulators minimum workspace?
  6. Using the same measurements as question 5, what is the manipulators maximum workspace?
  7. Tell me about your experience with the Codex of Alchemical Engineering.
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