The good robots in our everyday life

Today we use technology in different ways. Technology has in some ways become an extension of ourselves, and there are very few people, who can imagine a life without iPads, internet, smartphones, GPS and much more.

The begin with, technology was mostly known as sci-fi e.g. in Star Wars, where robots like R2-D2 and C-3PO became synonymous with humanoid robots.

Far away from the film that Hollywood released about robots, the industry started to use robots in their productions.

The industrial robot became characteristic for the automobile industry, where robots would ensure that the weldings and joints would be identical.

Slowly robot technology made its way into our everyday lives and our homes, and today robots do many important tasks for us, not only in the industry, but also in the nursing sector and as personal aids in our everyday lives.

Planning:

  • Fable Joint
  • Fable Spin
  • Computer (with Fable Blockly installed)
  • Different tools for Fable
  • Table tennis ball
  • Smartphone
  • Tools for drawing and measuring
  • “A box of scraps” with a lot of little things, pipes/tubes etc. that the pupils can use for building
  • Cardboard boxes in different sizes, that the pupils can use to build robots

Possibly access to a Makerspace, laser cutter, and 3D printers (Refer to: Guidance: Libraries and makerspaces)

Subject & grade:

3rd – 6th grade. Nature and technology, crafts and design, possibly English and maths.

Time needed: Min 7 lessons (2×45 min.)

Documents

From here on there could be different approaches to this lesson plan.

One way could be the term ”Shitty robot”, that Youtuber Simone Giertz has made some pretty funny examples of. The lesson plan will both be an example of, how we can create robots, that can help us, but at the same time also an example, where the robots are unnecessary and funny. This lesson plan should very much stimulate the pupils’ imagination and creativity as well as their innovative thoughts.

On YouTube you can find the short film “Girl and Robot”, or you could watch the animated film “The Boy and the Iron Giant”. Both are good movies to start an innovative project about robots.

Evaluation

Throughout the lesson plan there will be ongoing evaluation. The pupils give feedback at the presentations, but a lot of the feedback should be in the form of input, that the pupils can use, when they continue their work.

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