Under Represented Populations in Science and Technolgy: Robots for Science Education http://www.iguana-robotics.com/publications/Robots for Science EducationWhite paper.pdf This white paper offers a wealth of empirical evidence in support of using robots to enhance technology, math and engineering education. The set of references is extensive and the most of the sources appear pedagogically sound. It is important to recognize that this paper was written to support a particular product developed by Iguana Robotics, Inc. The Fun Works http://www.thefunworks.org FunWorks: Inspiring Students to Pursue Math and Science Careers! The source has interaction for the students and many links to other sites for the instructor. In the teachers and instructors section it is helpful to know that you need to scroll down to the bottom of the pages to get to the next or previous page of the printable lesson plans. American school in Japan http://www.asij.ac.jp/middle/ac/tec/ie0405/robotics_lessons.htm This website is produced by an American school located in Japan and provides information about robots including a link to a Brainpop movie and links to some dangerous work done by robots. There is also a link to Roboworld website which has additional nformation about the history of robotics, current technologies and a Java applet of a robotic arm. Another link provides an interview with Hans Moravec. A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/explore/robots.htm Provides many links including robot competitions and robot building. NASA http://robotics.nasa.gov/edu/k-5.php Provides links to multiple resources NOVA http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/robots/ Information on how robots are used for bomb disposal. Robotics Education Project http://robotics.nasa.gov/students/cool_links.htm This site provides a summary of resources which includes multiple links to a variety of information on robots. Science Central www.sciencentral.com/articles/view.php3? language=english&type=24119&article_id=218392297&cat=3_all&PHPSESSID=977905db6e0 556d57312872c076a345b At this site, there is an article explaining how NASA is using cockroaches for robot design. Science Daily
www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090217141544.htm An article about how robots are used to help autistic children. Universe Today www.universetoday.com/2009/02/25/robots-could-prepare-moon-outpost-site/ An article about how robots may be used in the future and links to other articles.
ROBOT LESSONS Crayola: Robot Lesson Plan http://www.crayola.com/lesson-plans/detail/recycle-robot-lesson-plan/ Students learn about robots, select a task they would like a robot to do and then design a robot from recycled materials. NASA Internet Robotics Resource Index http://ranier.hq.nasa.gov/Telerobotics_Page/internetrobots.html \The NASA Internet Robotics Resource Index provides a compilation of robot related resources. Multiple links are included such as NASA Telerobotics Program, Related Space Robotics Projects, Kits and Home Builts, Books and Education materials, university and government websites. NIE Online Lesson - I, Robot http://nie.chicagotribune.com/activities_052907.htm A lesson about how robot technology is advancing. Playful Invention and Exploration (PIE) http://www.pienetwork.org/ This site has inventions that students can make with simple materials. Several of the categories provides robot projects that can be made from inexpensive materials. Robotics Education Project http://robotics.nasa.gov/students/cool_links.htm This site provides a summary of resources which includes multiple links to a variety of information on robots. Teachers' Domain http://www.teachersdomain.org/resource/eng06.sci.engin.design.lp_robot/ Teachers' Domain is produced by WGBH Educational Foundation with funding from the National Science Foundation. It provides professional development for teachers and a collection of multimedia. The lesson plan, What is a Robot (explains what a robot is and identifies many everyday objects that are not generally considered robots. Tech Museum of Innovation
http://www.thetech.org/exhibits/online/robotics/ This website from the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, California, contains a wealth of information on robotics in four categories: universal robots, robot art, machines and man and at your command. On the left side, there is a link to classroom activities in robotics and a robotics timeline. Try Engineering http://www.tryengineering.org/lessons/robotarm.pdf
Students use teamwork and their own ingenuity to design and construct a robot using common materials.
For the Student Museum of Science http://www.mos.org/robot/robot.html This online, interative site allows students to design their own robot. The Space Place http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/muses1.shtml The Space Place is provided by NASA and includes instructions at to make a balloon powered nanorover from inexpensive materials. The Youth Online Club- Robot Facts http://www.youthonline.ca/fastfacts/robot.shtml Provides the answers to questions about robots. Robotics Academy at the Carnegie Mellon University. http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/index.htm This site has a broad range of curriculum for use with robotics. It also links to the above Valient site for the Roamer robot. The site is almost overwhelming in scope. There are categories for teachers, curriculum, Legos, Vex, events, and a store. There are on line educational opportunities but by the time you purchase the required Lego robotic kits and pay tuition it is a pricey venture. The site did include some free downloadable curriculum that used the Lego based RCX platform. Again some of the ideas might be adaptable to robots teachers have available to them. Art and Recycled Robots: http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/elem/Julie-Robots.htm
This art lesson designed for kindergarten use could be used as an excellent pre-robot activity. Older students could bring in materials and use engineering skills to design and build a robot. I would suggest start by defining a purpose, or skill, they want there robot to perform. They would then need to brainstorm the parts and movements the robot would need to be able to do to successfully perform the desired function. I think the art would get students thinking and looking at many aspects of robotic design. http://www.imagiverse.org/activities/robotics/mer/elem/ Robotics in the Elementary and Preschool Classroom http://robotics.nasa.gov/edu/k-5.php NASA Robotics; K-5 http://www.classroom20.com/forum/topics/649749:Topic:39374? page=1&commentId=649749%3AComment%3A229655&x=1#649749Comment229655 Blog about robotics in the classroom http://www.springerlink.com/content/b68j46127l007361/ Robotics literacy article http://robotics.nasa.gov/rcc/ Robotics Curriculum Clearinghouse http://www.robo-works.net/roboeducators.html Robo Educators Robotics Curriculum http://ku-prism.org/resources/polar/robotlessons.html Robotics: Lessons http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/robbie/ Robot â€“ Lesson Plan Library http://www.tryengineering.org/lesson.php TryEngineering Lesson Plans http://www.instructorweb.com/lesson/robots.asp Robots Lesson Plans, Technology, Computers, Teaching Elementary Science Activity, Worksheets http://www.instructorweb.com/lesson/robots.asp Engineering your future, Robotics Engineering Video http://www.botmag.com/articles/01-18-06_Teaching_With_Robots.shtml Numerous Robot resources. Some competition based stuff, but towards the bottom of the page you can locate a section from different national associations with some helpful information.
http://www.redorbit.com/news/education/1304429/getting_leg_up_with_robots/ interesting article about the use of robotics in the classroom http://www.classroomrobotics.blogspot.com/ Classroom Robotics-This website is a blog about some of the latest uses of robotics in the classroom as well the latest news about new robots on their way. http://www-robotics.jpl.nasa.gov/index.cfm NASAâ€™s JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory)-This website offers news, video, and information to the public about NASAâ€™s latest robotic endeavours and what is in store for the future. http://www.thetech.org/robotics/ The Tech Museum of Innovation-This website from the Tech Museum of Innovation of San Jose, California talks about the history of robotics, discussions about robots and ethics, artwork, and a robot that the user can control from their computer. http://video_demos.colostate.edu/robotics/index.html This is a list of videos put together by Colorado State showing various robots doing different tasks. At the top it says that it plays best on Windows Media Player and using Internet Explorer, but I tried them in Firefox and they played fine. Also many of the videos are on Youtube. http://www.robots.com/movies.php RobotWorx-This is a robot site showing different industrial robots that this company makes in video examples and is good to show students a different side of robotics work they may not have considered. http://www.robotcafe.com/ Robotcafe-This is another blog site about robotics with the latest news and information as well as links to other sites and stories about robotics. http://incredibots.com/ Incredibots is a online based game that uses simulations of vehicles to complete challenges. As the game progresses the levels get more difficult and participants must use engineering knowledge to complete the challenges. http://www.physicsbox.com/indexrobotprogen.html RobotProg is a free downloadable program where users must program a small robot to perform challenges. Each challenge is different and the robot must be programmed to meet these challenges. There is a Mac and PC version for this game.
http://www.mhhe.com/physsci/physical/giambattista/circuits/circuits.html This is a virtual circuits lab where users must turn on a lightbulb, by creating a circuit. Users create the circuit by using the symbols for resistors, capacitors, and batteries and then once the circuit is complete, test it to make sure that it works properly. http://www.robots-dreams.com/ Robot Dreams-This is a blog where the latest news, photos, and videos are posted about robots and users are invited to post comments and responses to what they see. The site is usually updated daily with the latest information, or fun stories about the past and future of robotics. http://www.education.rec.ri.cmu.edu/ Carnegie Mellon University is supporting the use of robotics in a manner similar to UNO. They rely on commercially available robots and provide a variety of lessons at middle and high school grade levels. http://botball.org/current-season/GCER/ “KISS” is the name of an organization which promotes robotics in education. Their main activity seems to be a botball competition in which students design and program robots to act autonomously in a game. Information is also provided, at the following link, about a conference: the Global Conference on Educational Robotics. Along with some botball, there are opportunities to learn what others are doing around the world (it’s not too late to attend this year!). http://www.nationalroboticschallenge.org/ The Society of Manufacturing Engineers use robots in the course of their work. They support the future of engineering by sponsoring the “National Robotics Challenge” as well as a Robokids program for 4th-6th graders (this is described under “About The NRC” and then “New Programs” on the following website. http://www.jets.org/programs/nedc/index.cfm The Junior Engineering Technology Society (JETS) has a different (and compelling) way of approaching robotics with high school students. Students enter a competition to design and build an Assistive Technology device. They are encouraged to work directly with a disabled person in order to create a practical and useful device that will allow the person to either get a job or do his/her job better. http://www.gorobotics.net/ Don’t be put off by the robotics Halloween costume (if it’s still on the home page). This is an amazing site operated primarily by one person: William Cox. The information included under the “Archives” and “Articles” tabs in exhaustive-including loads of information about topics
such as motors, sensors, and how to make a beetle bot. Keep scrolling down to find the articles. Amazing breadth and depth. http://robotics.nasa.gov/edu/educators.php NASA has a Robotics Alliance Project, one can get on their e-mail list at the site listed below. I’ve signed up, hopefully it won’t include more spam. The site includes lessons and many links to competitions, challenges and activities. The students page may be of particular interest to our students. I did find several non-working links, so the site does not appear to be regularly updated. http://www.robotcafe.com/ The robot café is a website composed largely of links. However, the main page does contain some interesting robot/technology articles. UNO ought to be added to the college and university links page. As with most lists of links, quite a few no longer operate. Also, one site which was of interest: Society of Robots, had a Trojan horse virus attached, so I didn’t explore their site. http://bettscomputers.com/moodle/course/view.php?id=5 This link is to a sort of educational course on robotics-for older elementary or above students. It defines and classifies robots while providing quite a bit of robotics information. http://www.ikalogic.com/ IKALogic has a site with detailed, informative information about electronics and robots. The “General Electronics” tab has tutorials on electronic components which make up the bots. The “Microcontroller” tab describes those. If I read all of the provided articles I’d be a lot farther along on understanding just how the CEENbot operates, which would then permit to add components, such as an arm. http://robotics.nasa.gov/rcc/ ROBOTICS CURRICULUM CLEARINGHOUSE SITE: Site uses STEM and has information on robotics compatitions. http://www.tryengineering.org/lesson_detail.php?lesson=5 TRY ENGINEERING SITE: Using common materials this lesson plan uses an engineering approach to building a robot with common objects. Garbage – How Can My Community Reduce Waste? http://www.learner.org/interactives/garbage/intro.html
Discover Engineering http://www.discoverengineering.org/ Sandwich â€“ Easy to Build Robot http://www.robotroom.com/Sandwich.html PVC Paper Rocket Launcher http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/content/science-video/paper-rockets Robofest http://www.robofest.net/ Resistor Color Code, Tutorial http://www.uoguelph.ca/~antoon/gadgets/resistors/resistor.htm Amusement Parks Funderstanding Roller Coaster! http://www.funderstanding.com/coaster Roller Coaster Science Lesson Plan â€“ National Teacher Training Institute http://www.lpb.org/education/classroom/ntti/lessons/html2003/3krRoller.html Amusement Park Physics http://www.learner.org/interactives/parkphysics/