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Grade Level K-4, 5-8, 9-12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
Target Audience Students
Event Focus Robots can be found in factories, in homes, and even in movies. But, they also help with space exploration. How are robots an important part of space exploration?
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During this event, students will learn how NASA uses robotics technology to a great extent in its exploration of space. Participants will learn how NASA defines robotics, see how robotic systems are already widely used in the space program, and discover what plans there are for future robotic applications. Students will also have the opportunity to share their activity results with the NASA Education Specialist.
Instructional Objectives

Upon completion of this learning module, students will be able to:

  • Define the term \"robot.\"
  • Describe the characteristics of robots and their role in space exploration.
  • Explore career opportunities and educational requirements for working in the field of robotics.

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Written by: Pam Leestma On: 12 Jun 2009
I teach 2nd grade and we have 6th grade buddies at our school with our science teacher.  We meet every Friday during the last hour and we call it "NASA Fridays."  This spring we started learning about robotics in our computer lab using NASA websites to prepare to enjoy our DLN videoconference of "Spacebots" on June 3, 2009.  The end effector activity was lots of fun and we made models of rovers to share with NASA's expert Michael Hare.  Michael did an amazing job with the students and they learned so much in our videoconference! To make our rovers, we took a whole afternoon to make 6 rovers and we had hot glue guns going and parent help.  We had the students in 6 working groups, 2nd and 6th graders, to complete the 6 rovers.  Even though my 2nd graders may not have understood everything, they were exposed to the excitement of working on a NASA project, speaking with a NASA expert when everyone explained one part of their rover, and their 6th grade buddies were such a big help.  We went to LA County Office of Education to have our videoconference and it was a grand experience!  Robotics is such a great topic to work with since it is so much of our present as well as such an important part of the future of space exploration.  Robotics will continue to improve our life here on earth, too.  I highly recommend working with DLN and "Spacebots" was so much fun!

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Written by: Shelby Elmore On: 02 Jun 2009
Our out of date equipment made it difficult to conduct our sessions effectively, however, the NASA people are WONDERFUL at helping with connections, not to mention PATIENT!  Our students enjoyed the chance to speak directly to engineers responsible for such amazing inventions.  NASA has inspired our students to dive into science curriculum with a new understanding and anticipation.  I am very thankful for the DLN!

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Written by: Neme Alperstein On: 02 Jun 2009
Robots do so much in our lives that it's wonderful to spark children's imaginations as to what role they see for robots of the future.  There's no limit as to what our students can create, especially with robots and they LOVED creating one for the future.  Our students adored this videoconference and learned so much about how to communicate new ideas for the creation of life's future helpers in space.  The presenter encouraged our students so that they felt their ideas were important.  They hope to create more after this experience.

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Written by: Melissa Reed On: 01 Jun 2009
What a fantastic experience we were provided!  The students were especially interested in this particular program as it focused on robots.  All of the students' questions were answered in terms they could understand.  This particular program was of high interest to the students and they talked about it for days afterward!  Thank you so much for providing free, educational experiences for the students as many of them might never be able to experience NASA first hand!

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Written by: Michael Hare On: 13 Feb 2009


This is an absolutely wonderful program!  I loved seeing all of the amazing robots that NASA is building for use in space and to assists astronauts during their missions.  I was wondering if anyone felt that the program material was geared towards the age group of your students? 

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