Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Robots are machines that can be programmed to carry out lots of complex tasks automatically.
  • "Artificial intelligence" is when robots communicate with humans so well that it seems they can think for themselves.
  • Robots can be used for medical purposes, such as for prosthetics (false limbs).

Curriculum keywords

  • STEM
  • Engineering
  • Electricity

5 things you didn't know

Car parts to cat food

1. A robot is a machine, especially one programmable by a computer, capable of carrying out a series of actions automatically – from making car parts to dispensing cat food!

"Forced labour"

2. The word “robot” comes from the Czech for “forced labour”.

Artificial intelligence

3. Some robots use artificial intelligence – this means they have been programmed to respond to humans in such a way that it can seem as though the robot is able to think.

Too human?

4. The “uncanny valley effect” is when a person becomes uneasy while looking at a robot with very realistic, human-like behaviour and appearance.

Robot arm

5. Robots can be connected directly to a person – one US company has made a robotic arm for a man who is able to control it with his mind!

Spark a discussion

  • What is a robot?
  • Can robots ever understand human speech?
  • What can we use robots for?

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