Today's robots are nothing short of astonishing, and those coming in the not-too-distant future are simply revolutionary. These humanoid robots are becoming eerily like us. Explore what it takes to make a humanoid robot—a robot that can do anything we can do without the benefit of a human brain. ROBOTS 3D is a fascinating and fun look at what makes us human, how far machines can really go to look and act like us, and how humaniods, through their successes and failures, are already changing the world.
Use the resources in this collection to engage students with STEM. Hands-on activities that use everyday and easily found items make robots an accessible and engaging STEM learning tool. Pick activities on an individual basis, or create your very own robots activity kit to do all of them using the Activity Kit Guide. Coming May 2015, take on the Engineering Exploration Challenge, and use these activities to help you create your challenge solution.
Students discuss the importance of senses and experiment using echolocation as an example.
Students experiment with pneumatics and hydraulics and apply these systems to produce movement.
Students forge a hypothesis about how motors make things move, and then build a simple electric motor using wire, a magnet, and a D cell battery to explore how motors convert electrical energy into mechanical energy.
Students practice safe online and social networking habits by applying common robotic programming strategies.
The activities featured on this page use a combination of everyday materials. Download the activity kit guide for instructions on how to compile materials to facilitate some or all of the activities featured here.
Coming May 2015, take on real-world challenges in the 2015 Engineering Exploration Challenge. Use the activities on this page to help students develop skills and knowledge they can apply as they develop their solutions.