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View Resource Engineering for the Red Planet

In this video segment, Dr. Ayanna Howard, a robotics engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, describes the process of designing and developing robotic devices to act as surrogates for humans in planetary exploration, including some of the remarkable challenges she faced as a member of the recent Mars Lander mission. Her insights reveal why engineering can be such a rewarding field. The...

View Resource Made in Florida: Summer Robotic Camps

This webpage from the Florida Advanced Technological Education Center for Manufacturing (FLATE) provides information about the Lego Mindstorms Robotics summer camp for middle and high school students. A short video clip provides information on the focus of the camp (running time: 1:53).

View Resource Remotely Operated Vehicles

In this video adapted from the Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) Center, students will learn about a robotics competition which uses remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) underwater. The material is intended for students in grades 6-12. Running time for the video is 3:32. It is accompanied by a background essay, standards alignment and discussion questions. Users who sign up for a free...

View Resource A Cost-Effective Automation and Robotics Lab

Much work has been published in the area of design of laboratory exercises and facilities to support teaching robotics and automation. New opportunities are becoming available, however, to allow laboratory facilities that are portable, have applications to a wide range of subjects, and are inexpensive. A large software manufacturer has recently entered the robotics software arena with a unique...

View Resource PicoCricket

This is a good educational toy to get students interested in technology and electronics. The PicoCricket Kit is similar to the Lego® Mindstorms robotics kits. Mindstorms is designed especially for making robots, while the PicoCricket Kit is designed for making artistic creations with lights, sound, music, and motion. A PicoCricket is a tiny computer that can make things spin, light up, and play ...

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