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Development of Robotics

Modified 5 days ago by Dev Ramesh

Student version


Hardware -

  • Pencil and paper

  • Laptop for research

Previous Lesson - N/A


Knowledge -

  • General understanding of the history of robotics

  • Scope of industries where robotics are applied

  • Overview of state of the art robotics and what is in production

Robotic History and Evolution

Modified 2020-07-21 by Dev Ramesh

STANDARDS: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)

Modified 2020-09-02 by Peyton Strong

ISTE 1. d.: Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.

Assessments and Evidence of Understanding

Modified 2020-09-02 by Peyton Strong

By the end of this lesson, students should understand the general development of robotics and be familiar with some of the emerging technologies in the field.

AGENDA (Brief Summary of Activities)

Modified 2020-04-16 by Garrett Warren

Differentiation (strategies for grouping, ELL, and inclusion)

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Advanced preparation/Materials/Set Up (Including Misconceptions)

Modified 2020-09-05 by Peyton Strong

Teacher Materials:

Could have visual aides/ slides prepared in advance of old technological inventions.

Classroom Set Up:


Modified 2020-04-16 by Garrett Warren

Introducing The Lesson

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  • In this lesson we will take an in depth look at the evolution of robotics mechanics and inventions leading up to modern machines.

Teachers can make references to the importance of robots in society from the previous lesson.

Start off by showing this short fun clip on the evolution of Robotics (Wired Episode 1).

Main Lesson

Modified 2020-09-05 by Peyton Strong

Using the information in the student book and through the online resources below, have students do these optional activities:

Exercise: 5-5-5: Have students get into groups, read a section from the student book (or a website) for 5 minutes, write notes bout the important points of it for 5 minutes, and present to the class about it for 5 minutes. This is a quick, interactive way to absorb information.

Have students find images on their own of past technological achievements. Teachers could put various images of old inventions on the board and have students guess what their use is.

Ending The Lesson

Modified 2020-09-05 by Peyton Strong

Exercise: Group research: Students can be tasked to research what robotic technology is being manufactured for the future to share with the class after reading the lesson.

Useful Resources and References

  1. Standford University History of Robotics

  2. Standford University Ancient Lore of Robots

  3. Wikepidia Definition of Golems

  4. Thought Co. History of Robotics

  5. Wikepidia History of Robotics

  6. Industry Use

  7. Future Market Magazine Transport Robots

  8. Future of Robot Industries

  9. Space Robots

  10. Washington Post Space X Robot Program