An Introduction to Robots

Links to additional resources

Links to additional resources

AITopics. Robots. (2009).

The AITopics website has an extensive bibliographical history of Robots.  This is an excellent resource for teachers who are just learning about robots and the history of this technology.

Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy. (2009).

Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy is one of the leading educational centers for robotics. Contents on this website include an educators’ section that has information on professional development and research, a section on LEGO Robotics and resources, a section on VEX Robots and resources, a curriculum section with middle school and high school kit suggestions, an events section, and a link to the Robotics Education Store.

Construction Drives Me Crazy. (2002). Lego Robotics Project for High School Math and     Technology Students.

This is an excellent lesson plan that can be used as a model for lesson plan development. Includes student contracts for working with a group, rubric for performance evaluation, the lesson, self-assessment report form, self-evaluation form for individual contributions

            during group work, and teacher’s assessment.

EST Foundations. (2005).

The EST curriculum is written to introduce students to engineering.  It includes 11 core modules and 4 enrichment modules for instructors to teach a high school curriculum on robotics.  The modules are project-based lessons. Supplemental materials are available to purchase on compact disc.

Institute for Personal Robots in Education. (2008).

The Institute for Personal Robots website is a joint endeavor by faculty members at Georgia Tech, Bryn Mawr College, Georgia State University, The University of Georgia, and Microsoft Research. In addition to the standard content that most websites include, this website has a bibliography and a downloadable pdf file of the textbook, Learning Computing with Robots.

Learn About Robotics. (2008).

This website categorizes the different types of robots into a comprehensive list with links to separate pages on each. It also contains a glossary of robotic terminology.

LEGO Education. (2009).            p=1

The LEGO Education website contains sections on activities, a link to the LEGO store, a blog for posting information on contests, etc., pdf files for media guides for kits, a section on robotics and other science fields, and a link to the LEGO’s education center.

Microsoft Robotics. (2009).

Microsoft encourages the use of its products in developing curriculum. Free downloads of Microsoft products to be used in the classroom curriculum are available here.

NASA Quest. (n.d.)

The video program examines some of NASA's robotic research and how robots are used in space exploration. Classroom scenes show robot studies at the intermediate and high school level. The site provides a short history on robotics, a glossary and a simple lesson plan to build a micro-rover spacecraft.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration. (2009). 

NASA’s website contents include a section on events (competitions), educators’ section with lesson plans by grade level, student activity pages, archives of past events with video or webcast, and a small links section.

PCS Edventures. (2009).

PCS provides complete student robot work stations. These stations can be purchased for 10, 20, 30 students and come with sample curriculum.  The curriculum covers a whole semester. Prices range from $8k to 25K for full stations.

Ridge Soft Modern Tools for Robotics. (2009).  

The Ridge Soft website provides tutorials/resources on using JAVA robotics in education. There is information for an introductory programming class or more advanced robotics class. Two downloadable textbooks are available in pdf format.  Links are also provided to competitions.

A Robot Laboratory for Teaching Artificial Intelligence Resource Kit. (1998).  

The contents of this website consists of the following: a paper: “A Robot Laboratory for Teaching Artificial Intelligence” (SIGCSE 98 Paper), information on outfitting a robot laboratory, sample syllabus for an AI course, a class exercise, robot laboratory handout, and a sampler interactive C robot control program.

Robotics Curriculum. (n.d.).

The website includes extensive step-by-step instructions on teaching middle school robotics. The curriculum was developed at the University of Pennsylvania.  Besides lessons, this website has the following topical sections: why robotics, how to introduce robotics, agents for change curriculum package, technical guide icons, what is needed to get started, you can really teach this, and references and resources.

Robotics in the Curriculum. (n.d.).

Stephen Dworetzky  explores the various ways robotics are being used at Thomas Starr King Middle School in Los Angeles, California. His website contains suggestions on how to embed robotics in the disciplines including math, science, art, social studies, etc. Examples are provided in conference handouts: a rubric, general lesson, sample objectives, report requirements, and robotics in disciplines. (2007).

This website contains an extensive up-to-date calendar of school competitions.  It also has links to the latest robots and provides access to a blog for sharing information on robotics, and an extensive list of links to robot projects.

Scientific American Frontiers.  (n.d.) (1990).  

These websites contains PBS materials for teachers based upon science television shows produced for students. It also contains lessons plans on robotics on the “robots alive page.” There are archived videos on robots in action.

Teaching with Robots: A Guide to Finding Curriculum and Resources. (2009).

An article by Dr. Kenneth Berry,, Assistant Professor, California State University, Northridge is posted on this magazine website. The article contains advice on how to go about adding robotics to a school’s curriculum and factors to consider in setting up a program. This article is reprinted on the Robot Magazine website which also contains an extensive list of links titled:  “Editors' Links To Robot Industry Websites.”

Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach. (2008).

The Tufts Center provides workshop opportunities to develop curriculum, summer opportunities for students, RoboLab software downloads, and educational research. This information is provided on the website.

Vex Robotics Design. (2002).

Although this website is essentially used to sell Vex Robotics, there are several resource pages that assist in developing curriculum using the Vex Robots. There are sections available on competitions, coding, tech support, etc.

Mary M. Silgals, MLIS
May 29, 2009