Robot Unit Ideas & Resources

Compiled by Mary Alice Osborne, YourDuino.com

Ideas for Introduction to unit

What is a Robot? Activity

tumblr_m52hotvf4C1rtwoppo1_500.jpgIsaac Asimov’s The 3 Laws of Robotics

  1. 1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  2. 2. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  3. 3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Taken from: I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov: http://literature.wikia.com/wiki/I,_Robot

Discussion idea: Ask students what they think of these 3 laws and if they think they are necessary?

Have students read the short story “Robbie” in “I, Robot” by Isaac Asimov. (or the whole book)

More Discussion Questions for “I, Robot”:

http://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/i-robot
http://www.readinggroupguides.com/reviews/i-robot/guide
http://userpages.umbc.edu/~hoban/FLEX/CourseDocs/I-Robot-DiscussionQuestions.pdf

Robot Ethics

Morals and the machine
http://www.economist.com/node/21556234

NYT: Students, Meet your new teacher
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/11/science/11robots.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Fiction and Films devoted to Robots and Robotics
Best Robot SciFi
http://bestsciencefictionbooks.com/best-robot-science-fiction-books.php

Robots in Literature
http://www.allthingsmike.com/CulturalBlender/robots3.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robots_in_literature

List of Fictional Robots and Androids
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_fictional_robots_and_androids

Why Do People Imagine Robots?
http://www.wpi.edu/Pubs/E-project/Available/E-project-030310-235516/unrestricted/Why_Do_Humans_Imagine_Robots.pdf

Interesting Robot Videos to Spark interest


The Year in Robots: 2013
http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/artificial-intelligence/video-friday-our-favorite-robot-videos-and-biggest-stories-from-2013

Wildcat video from Boston Dynamics
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wE3fmFTtP9g

Rise of the More Human Robot: MIT
http://www.technologyreview.com/video/517411/rise-of-the-more-human-robot/

Wearable Robots
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nsn12.sci.engin.design.robots/wearable-robots/

Safety and Health concerns when working with Robots
https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/robotics/index.html

History of Robots


Robotics timeline
http://www.robotshop.com/media/files/PDF/timeline.pdf

http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/classes/cal_u/ar/toolbox/content/curriculum/intro_to_robotics/timeline/timeline.pdf

Careers in Robotics
http://www.physicstoday.org/jobs/profiles/robotics-careers

Science Standards
http://www.nextgenscience.org/next-generation-science-standards

ITEEA Standards Related to Robotics:
http://curriculum.vexrobotics.com/sites/default/files/ITEEA%20standards%20for%20Technological%20Literacy.pdf

Standards for Technological Literacy

https://www.iteea.org/File.aspx?id=67767&v=b26b7852

Advancing Excellence in Technological Literacy
https://www.iteea.org/File.aspx?id=78445&v=1476043b

Curriculum Ideas


VEX Robotic Design Curriculum
http://curriculum.vexrobotics.com/curriculum

Intro to Robotics: http://curriculum.vexrobotics.com/curriculum/intro-to-robotics

Agents for Change: Robotics for Girls: A Robotics Curriculum for the Middle School Years, Uni. Of Pennsylvania
http://www.ircs.upenn.edu/pennlincs/robotics/
http://www.ircs.upenn.edu/pennlincs/robotics/robotics.htm

USC K-12 STEM Education Materials
http://robotics.usc.edu/~agents/k-12/index.php

Carnegie Mellon Robots Academy
http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/content/educators/start/index.htm
http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/content/curriculum/middle_school/
http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/content/lego/curriculum/rev1_index.htm

NASA Robotics Alliance Project

http://robotics.nasa.gov/
http://robotics.nasa.gov/edu/educators.php

Edutopia: Student Robotics and the K-12 Curriculum
http://www.edutopia.org/blog/student-robotics-k-12-curriculum-mark-gura



STEM Curriculum Ideas


Students Learn Programming Faster Through Robotic Simulation
http://www.omagdigital.com/display_article.php?id=1320108&id_issue=147277


Robotics


Robotics Portal
http://www.roboticsportal.it/en

Robotics, Open Directory
http://www.dmoz.org/Computers/Robotics

Robotics Resources
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~chuck/robotpg/robo_rsrc.html

Introductory Arduino Materials from Portland State University
https://learn.sparkfun.com/resources/44

Alan Smith’s Curriculum
https://learn.sparkfun.com/resources/9

Engineering Notebook
http://www.mechatronics-mec.org/downloads/Engineering%20Notebook08.pdf


Discovery Education
http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/robots.cfm


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Art Activities


Make Cool Robots from Recycled Materials!
https://www.pinterest.com/explore/recycled-robot/

Robot and Outer Space Art Activities: Pinterest
http://www.pinterest.com/momteachesart/robots-and-outer-space-art-project-ideas/

Wired Magazine: Making Robots from Everyday stuff
http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2012/08/robots-everyday-stuff/

10 Robot craft ideas
http://spoonful.com/crafts/10-robot-crafts-girls-and-boys

Robotic Art: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robotic_art

Robot Painting Lesson
http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/2012/05/19/robot-painting-art-lesson/

Scholastic Robot Themes Activities
http://www.scholastic.com/parents/resources/article/robot-themed-activities

Tin Can Robots: PBS
http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/tin-can-robots/

http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=ulrich&p=/exhibitionfolder/Robots/

Robots roam Tate Museum After Dark
http://phys.org/news/2014-02-idea-robot-museum-tate-dark.html

Writing Activity PBD: Writing a Hypothesis
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/vtl07.la.rv.text.lprobot/creating-a-hypothesis-the-intelligent-robot/

Engineering Design Process

http://www.teachengineering.org/engrdesignprocess.php