Robotics

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.

Nanotechnology

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Western Carolina University Professor Mary Anna LaFratta challenged her motion graphics students to create short animations about something so small you can’t see it even with a conventional microscope. Working with the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), they created a project that spans science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) to illustrate the uses of nanotechnology. Watch this six-part series of student animations.

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Code & Go Robot Mouse

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Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse. Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese! This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts. Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20" x 20" maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities.

Primo Cubetto Playset

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Cubetto is the friendly wooden robot that will teach your child the basics of computer programming through adventure and hands-on play. Montessori-approved, LOGO Turtle inspired.

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Kit

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LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 enables students to build, program and test their solutions based on LEGO building bricks and real-life robotics technology. Through hands-on learning, LEGO MINDSTORMS Education EV3 will enable your students to: understand forces and motion; graph and interpret rotation sensor data; develop robots capable of complex thinking using logical structures and sensor feedback; understand that complex systems are created from subsystems; and design, build and program a fully-functioning robotic system.

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