Robotics

Columbia Elementary Will Never Forget | Your Space Place

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Columbia Elementary School's teachers encourage their students to remember the history of the Columbia shuttle disaster, but also teaches them to look to the future for space and STEM advancements.

Robotics | Science Trek

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This video segment from IdahoPTV's Science Trek defines a robot, explains the 3 parts of a robot, and informs us of some of the many different ways they are used.  Then Josh Johnston, research scientist at Boise State University and Dean Klein, Vice President of Advanced Memory Solutions at Micron, will answer students’ questions about robots on "Robtics: The Web Show."  And on our "Watch This" segment Scientists at UGOBE explain how they designed and built Pleo, a baby Camarasaurus dinosaur toy.

SciGirls | Baile Digital 03: Prueba (Test)

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The SciGirls put together all the parts of their program, and test their Sphero and Arduino code with the dancers in a dress rehearsal. The girls find some problems with their program that need to be debugged, and work together to make sure everything is ready for the final performance.

SciGirls | Baile Digital 02: Recoger y Crear (Collect and Create)

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The SciGirls work together to create all the assets they need to complete their dance program. The girls collect photographs, create costumes, and program the Spheros robots to accompany the choreography for the final dance presentation. 

Justin Garretson, Robotics Engineer

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Justin Garretson is a Robotics Engineer in Intelligent Systems Robotics & Cybernetics at Sandia National Laboratories. He answers the question, "Why did you become a scientist?"

Hot Shots & Hot Jobs: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Go Soaring for a Bird’s Eye View

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In just a few short years, the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs, sometimes called drones) has risen dramatically. You may know someone who flies one as a hobby, and you’ve certainly seen the breathtaking bird’s-eye footage they can produce for movies and television. But these agile little planes can do a lot more than make cool movies. Since their human pilots are safely on the ground, UAVs are light and nimble enough to move freely around an area without the usual dangers of flight.

They can be deployed for a variety of practical purposes: monitoring crops, checking on oil pipelines, even helping to fight wildfires. Their ability to see a large area from a safe distance makes them useful in military operations, border security and disaster relief. They can even fly into the eye of a hurricane to study its strength and progress.

NASA Astronaut Talks Future of Technology With Robotics Student

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NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel is into technology. He is one of a select few to perform hands-on work on the Hubble Telescope while in space. When Drew meets Reed Blanchard, a student from the Mars generation, they reminisce about reaching the moon, advancements in tech and the possibilities of future space travel. 

"Moonwalk" is a series that brings people together for engaging conversations about the Apollo missions and their journeys in space exploration. 

See more at HoustonPublicMedia.org/Moon.

"Getting to Work" with Northland CAPS at LMV | American Graduate

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“Robots may be taking over the world, but there’s got to be someone who builds them,” Meg Reinhardt says. 

And, thanks to on-the-job training she began in high school, Reinhardt plans to be one of the people who keep those robots going. Think you need a four-year college degree for that? Well, think again. 

Reinhardt, 19, is working toward an industrial maintenance certificate through an internship with LMV Automotive Systems in Liberty, Missouri. LMV is a division of Magna International, a global automotive supplier. The company launched its Liberty training center three years ago. 

She began working with LMV as part of the Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies, which serves students in several school districts. 

LMV began working with Northland CAPS because it wanted a skilled workforce closer to home, said General Manager Chris Hinman. The partnership has worked; no more does LMV have to search far and wide for qualified employees. 

“You can see a (local) 19-year-old kid performing work that we would go out of the country to get people to perform,” Hinman said.

Our Solar System: Exploring Mars

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Students get a special look at the Mars Rover, including a behind-the-scenes tour with a National Air and Space Museum Mars Rover scientist.

Scientist Profile: Mars Rover Engineer

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This DragonflyTV segment introduces NASA roboticist Dr. Ayanna Howard. Her job is to use artificial intelligence (AI) to build robots that can travel into space and other hazardous locations. In this segment, she discusses her work on a rover for use on Mars. Also available in Spanish.

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