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Robotics: Information

CryoBot

An application of robotics in the Arctic. Here the challenge was to program a robot that could drill through the ice around Spitzbergen, Norway. This site has nice illustrations (take the link under the graphic) and some very understandable stories related to several of the stories.

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Beginner's Guide To Robots

This track designed for middle school students provides access to several sites and poses some challenging questions for the students. Click on either of the View buttons to see the information.

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What is Robotics?

A straight-forward site with basic information about the science of robotics.

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Universal Robots: History and Workings of Robotics

This site is so easy to navigate and has lots of great information about different applications of robots in today's world.Lots of good information.

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Robotics

A collection of websites that illustrate different types of robots currently being developed. Click on either of the View buttons to see the information.

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How Long Before Superintelligence?

A paper discussing the case for believing we will have superhuman artificial intelligence within the first third of the next century. Could be the basis for a discussion in a high school computer class or middle school robotics class.

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Robots in the Future

This track provides access to several sites that highlight current uses of robots. It also highlights an interactive web page where students can build their own robots (if you have very high speed access). Click on either View button to see the information.

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NASA Cool Robot of the Week

Site features robots of every make and model. All designed to do some type of scientific job. Keep up with what's new here. Have students compare and contrast robots.

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NASA: Robots for All Reasons

An audio clip in several different formats where a NASA scientist describes some of the robots made by NASA. Listen and enjoy.

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Mars Rover Compared to Human Body

An informational page from the Athena group. Here students can learn how a robot compares to a human being. Easy-to-read and very informative.


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World's Greatest Android Projects

Graphics and short descriptions of several ongoing major projects to develop androids. These provide a quick view into what technology may provide for the future.

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Robotics

This collection of sites compiled for students in middle school illustrates some applied uses of robots and has a link to Robot Mag where students can keep up with the latest trends. Click on one of the View buttons to see the contents of this track.

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Tumbleweed Rover

View the newest rovers being used to travel from the South Pole to the coast of Antarctica. These rovers look like beach balls and take topography and environmental measurements along the route. The team deployed them in Greenland in 2003, as a test. The scientists foresee using similar rovers on Mars if the Antarctica test is successful.

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Robot Facts

A short easy introduction for younger students. Not much detail but a nice one page overview and lots of nice links at the Robots link. Be sure to try the link entitled "How To Build Your Own Nanorover".

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Robot Information

Designed for students, this introduces the basics needed to understand space robots and how they function. Nice vocabulary section makes other robotic pages much easier to understand.

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Learn About Robots

Middle school students recommend this site as a way to learn a lot about and to see photos of many types of robots. It covers all sorts of different robotic applications and has a lot of information for the person just getting into robotic design. The News section has links to articles on competitions and breaking robotic news.

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How To Android

This provides photos and instructions for building a computerized android robot head for about $600. There are specs and parts lists and all sorts of interesting information in images, movies and words. Could be used with high school students to analyze what the different parts of the system do.


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Quick Peek!
 

 

Scientists gathered around a robotic ice probe.

Scientists gathered around the Cryobot, a probe designed to probe through the ice in the Arctic. This probe was tested in the area of Spitzbergen in Jan. 2002

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory provides several news releases each year on this project. See how they plan to use this robot in space.

 
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Quick Fact!
  You can build a robot almost for free by using a 3.5" floppy drive. Use these instructions to get started on your own career in robotics.  
 
 
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