Robotics

Arizona's Destruction | Pearl Harbor - Into the Arizona

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An 800kg bomb igniting gunpowder and fuel on the USS Arizona caused a massive explosion and left few remains. Survivor Don Stratton views a digitized scan of the ship’s wreckage, still at the bottom of the harbor, created by cutting-edge technology. He recounts what he witnessed that fateful day, supplemented by historical footage.

Shape Shifters: Shape-Memory Alloys and Polymers

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In this video excerpt from NOVA’s "Making Stuff: Smarter", host and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue visits Virginia Tech, where scientists are developing an artificial jellyfish that will act as an inconspicuous motion-detecting buoy for the Navy. The jellyfish is propelled by a shape-memory alloy that returns to its original shape after being exposed to heat. In the related demonstration, students discover some other shape-memory materials that can sense and respond to their environments. They also learn how materials scientists are developing new “smart” materials to help solve problems in engineering, medicine, and everyday life.

Will Machines Take Over the World? | The Good Stuff

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Hosts Craig and Matt explore the consequences of machine intelligence and its implications for the future of humanity. Will machines take over the world? What is singularity and when will it happen?

Racecar - Sarah Grenier

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Sarah Grenier used her machining skills to transform her beat-up VW Rabbit into a hillclimb racer...and races it herself. Learn more about what engineering is and how it became her passion in this video including a description of her experiences with robotics and racing from Design Squad Nation.

Scientist Profile: Robotic Soccer Scientist

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Manuela Veloso is an artificial intelligence (AI) researcher from Carnegie Mellon University who programs small robot dogs to play soccer. Her primary goal is increasing the learning abilities of her robots.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Tool-Making Crows

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Learn about crows known for crafting tools in this video from the NATURE mini-series Spy in the Wild. Part of the episode “Intelligence,” scientists study the behavior of the New Caledonian crow as they use sticks as a tool for catching grubs hidden in hard to reach crevices. Teaching tips ask students to think about their understanding of intelligence, tools used by humans, and how scientists observe animals in the wild.

Clint Hobart, Mechanical Engineer

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Find out what Clint Hobart, a mechanical engineer with the Intelligent Systems Robotics and Cybernetics division at Sandia National Laboratories, had to say when KNME's Science Central asked him "Why did you become a scientist?"

Welding Supervisor

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This video segment adapted from Pennsylvania College of Technology and WVIA features Jennifer Brinkley-Cruz, a manufacturing specialist with Toyota's Georgetown, Kentucky, manufacturing plant. Learn about her workday and her responsibilities in a part of the plant called body weld. While robots make 97 percent of the welds used to build vehicles in this plant, Brinkley-Cruz explains that humans are needed to oversee their operation. Brinkley-Cruz also discusses the importance of her welding education in landing her job as supervisor.

FIRST Robotic Competition

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FIRST Robotics competition brings hundreds of teams from around the state of Indiana together to build robots and then compete with them in a game.

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Robot War Contest

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This DragonflyTV segment demonstrates how to use the scientific method to design and build a robot with effective weapons. It also illustrates the benefit of trial and error to the design process.

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