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ROBOTICS & AI

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Robotics is a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math.

And yes they WILL be excited
They WILL use their imaginations
They WILL us their brains


Studies show that it is highly effective in developing team-work and self-confidence.

OZOBOT

OZOBoT - Love these little robots.
The OZOBOT site has great tutorials and lesson ideas. You can code the OZOBOT in using colour markers or using block coding with OzoBlocky

Check it out on the Coding Page of VT
Also check out the VT YouTube Page for some kids videos.

SPHERO

This is Sphero BOLT - Video - great intro.
Sphero BOLT : The robot ball which teaches you how to code.
The Sphero Bolt is beautifully engineered, very clever and fun, an advanced coding robotic ball, providing many ways to express inventive ideas and experience the power of programming. What’s more it is a single unit, not bits to loose, and can be easily transported between classes.
Check it out on the VT Apps page. Also check out the VT YouTube page for some activities we have done.

HISTORY

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A Brief History of Robotics - Great fast paced video from the SciShow
Why don’t we have robots taking care of our every need by now? A little history of the field of robotics might help you understand how hard it is to get machines to perform tasks, and how far we’ve come in just a few decades.
The writer Isaac Asimov had the three laws of robotics:-
First Law A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
Second Law A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
Third Law A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

BEEBOT?

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Bee-Bot is an exciting robot designed specifically for use by young children. This colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun! The new See & Say option gives Bee-Bot a voice and perception! Download the app
I like starting with Using Bee Bots in Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Classrooms - with Mr. Vacca

Blue-Bot is a simple robot that can operate on its own or via Bluetooth controlled by an Android, iOS, Mac, or Windows device. Download the appp. lue-Bot is transparent so that students can see all of the parts that make it work.

AI

This is a great video on A.I. Google's Deep Mind Explained! - Self Learning A.I. Giving rise to many ethical philosophical questions.
What can we use General Purpose A.I. for in the future? Google Deep Mind reduces its errors as it learns, what implications does this have for our learning?
If you are terrible at something will you always be terrible?
What implications does Deep Mind have for human learning? 
Should we be worried? What is there to be worried about? 
Will A.I. be man's greatest aid or worst enemy?

MOVIES

Studies of Robotics can also incorporate investigation of all the great movies like
Forbidden Planet with Robbie the Robot
The Robot Model B-9, in the television series Lost in Space above.
Star Wars R2-D2* and C-3PO** right through to
Data in StarTrek- Next Gen.
*R2-D2A Reel 2, Dialog Track 2, abbreviated form "R-2-D-2".
**CP30 Notice from the IRS, means you did not pre-pay enough of your federal income tax obligation, therefore, they have assessed a penalty against you.

ROBOTS FOR KIDS

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Robots for Kids This is a simple site. Learn about the history of Robots from
Leonoardo's Early Sketches to AIBO, a robotic dog. Videos, Robot games and activities.

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