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How Are Robots Changing Human Life?

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Engineering, Technology, and Applications of Science +3 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)

This collection explores the essential question: How are robots changing human life? Students will lead an inquiry into this question through a variety of resources - objects, videos, articles, and websites - examining the history of robotics from the 16th century to the present, the problems robot designers have attempted to address with their inventions, and how they try to address them. Supporting questions to scaffold students' inquiry include: What problems were these robots designed to address? Have these problems changed over time? Have strategies for addressing these problems changed over time?

RoboBee: Exploded

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Why Design Now?: Living with Robots

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

"Tortoise" Mobile Robot

National Museum of American History

Miniature Autonomous Robotic Vehicle (MARV)

National Museum of American History

PackBot

National Museum of American History

Roomba model 4230

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Automaton friar in action

National Museum of American History

Android, Space Suit, Testing

National Air and Space Museum

PCR Robot

National Museum of American History

Robobee

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

RoboBee Demo

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Creeping Baby Doll Patent Model

National Museum of American History