(Discover Science & Technology)
by Stephanie Love Reed
Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Discuss what a robot is. Do you have any in your home?
_____2.* Discuss how robots move. (Programmed into a computer, motion sensors, gears, motors, etc).
Otter: Do four requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Penguin requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* What do we use robots for? (Most robots today are used for repetitive actions or jobs considered too dangerous for humans)
Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Otter requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Discuss the history of robots and the field of Robotics. Make a timeline with at least 10 important events in the evolution and creation of Robotics.
Butterfly: Do six requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Dolphin requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Design a robot you would like to build. Write a story about what your robot does and how it would make your life easier or different. Use Lego's, a computer program, or anything else you find in your household to build your robot.
Eagle: Do seven requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Butterfly requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Learn about three of the five major fields of Robotics and their importance to robotic development. Find pictures or videos to help you learn. The five fields are:
- Human-robot interface
Owl: Do nine requirements including the two starred *
_____1.* Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2.
_____2.* Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____3. Safety. Explain the most likely hazards you may encounter while working with robots and what you should do to anticipate, prevent, and respond to these hazards. Describe the appropriate safety gear and clothing that should be used when working with robotics. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries that could occur while participating in robotics activities and competitions, including cuts, eye injuries, and burns (chemical or heat).
_____4. Discuss the similarities and differences between remote control vehicles, tele-robots, and autonomous robots.
_____5. Discuss three different methods robots can use to move themselves other than wheels or tracks. Describe when it would be appropriate to use each method.
_____6. Careers. Name three career opportunities in robotics. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.
_____7. Read, or have read to you, a book on Robotics.
_____8. Research the best colleges or universities to study Robotics. What makes their programs more advanced than others?
_____9. Watch a cartoon or movie where one of the main characters is a robot. How does it compare to what you've learned so far about Robotics?
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