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Reading Companion: Robots

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Writing +4 Age Levels Elementary (9 to 12 years old), Middle School (13 to 15 years old)
This collection is a reading companion to two articles - "Robot Zoo" [Ask; Nov 2011] and "Me, Myself, and My Android Twin" [Muse; Nov 2012]. Students are asked to investigate these articles, alongside other objects, videos, and articles, to examine what issues robot designers are attempting to address with their inventions, and how they are trying to address them. At the end of the activity, students will be asked to write a paragraph or more explaining which inventions they think are the most important and why, citing resources in this collection as evidence.

Robobee

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: Exploded

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

RoboBee Demo

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

Creeping Baby Doll Patent Model

National Museum of American History