Robotics

Tech industry looks to robots to tackle problems but finds hurdles on the way

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Robotic devices are everywhere: in factories, law enforcement, caretaking. Today they are smarter than ever, but they only excel when the task is clearly defined.

This Daily News Story from PBS NewsHour Extra was created on January 3rd, 2014.

Chapter 7: Assembly of a Pinnacle | Raw to Ready: Mack Truck

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This chapter of Raw to Ready: Mack Truck highlights how all the elements come together to create the Mack Truck Pinnacle. Inside the factory, a team of specialists bring together all the various parts.

 

Blueprint for the Brain

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Discover how scientists are using computer simulations to explore the shape of every one of the billions of nerve cells that make up our brains.

Indiana Robotics Competition

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In this video, we introduce you to the world of Robotics Competition around the state of Indiana. In a quick overview, learn about VEX Robotics, FIRST Robotics, FIRST LEGO Robotics and the LEGO NXT programs.

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

HADES Expedition

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The HADES Expedition seeks to learn what lives in the deep sea and how the ecosystem is organized. Join the team as they discover the bioorganisms, sediment, and topography of the deep ocean. 

Hydrogen: Nature's Fuel | How Do We Compete?

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Learn about world's first automated fuel cell assembly line, that was developed to compete in a market with batteries and generators. Altergy explains how fuel cells can compete with batteries and generators.

Robot Submersible Takes Technology to the Bottom of the Ocean in Search of Flight 370

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Have your students learn about the mission to find Malaysia Airlines flight 370 with this PBS NewsHour video and educational materials from April 15, 2014. Search crews prepared a robot submersible to dive deep into the Indian Ocean six days after the last known signal from what may be the recorder from the missing Malaysia Airlines plane. For further background and materials to support student understanding of the issue see the Teacher’s Guide, Student Handout, and Informational Text in Support Materials.

Ocean Glider Robots in Antarctica

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Oceanographer Oscar Schofield teams up with a group of world-class researchers in a race to understand climate change in the fastest winter-warming place on earth: the West Antarctic Peninsula. Schofield's innovative fleet of glider robots allows him to study phytoplankton blooms and how they influence the feeding patterns of Adelie penguins. He collaborates with other scientists who study krill, bacteria, birds, and whales, to gain a macro view on the changing ecology in Antarctica. These ocean gliders are outfitted with a variety of sensors that allow him to collect temperature, depth, salinity and phytoplankton data throughout the ocean waters surrounding the West Antarctic Peninsula.

Testing the LEGO Mindstorms NXT Kit

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After building and programming your LEGO Mindstorms NXT Kit, Chris Brozo shows us you a successful test should look like.

Clint Hobart, Mechanical Engineer

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

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