How and why are robots used in the community?
Watch the videos below and then use the Thinkers Keys to answer the following questions about each robot. Thinkers Keys are visual representations of higher order thinking skills (HOTS). Your teacher may select individual robots for students to use in order to answer the questions below. Or, you teacher might use these activities as extension activities or even asks you to apply certain Thinkers Keys to certain robots.
The Reverse Key: Name 10 things that the robot could not do.
The What If Key: What if the price of robots was immediately halved?
The Disadvantage Key: List the disadvantages of robots.
The Combination Key: List the attributes (features of) a robot and chicken. Then combine the two to create a new invention.
The BAR Key: BAR stands for bigger, add and replace. How could you make the robot bigger, what could you add and what could you replace? Explain why.
The Alphabet Key: Write a word for each letter of the alphabet which describes (or can be associated with) the robot.
The Variations Key: How many ways can you program the robot?
The Prediction Key: (a) Predict how robots will operate in 50 years (b) Predict how common robots will be in 50 years (c) Predict how robots will be a part of your life when you are an adult
The Different Uses Key: List 10 uses for broken robots.
The Ridiculous Key: Write a ridiculous statement about robots.
The Commonality Key: List 10 things that a robot and a straw have in common.
Dance with Keepon
The underwater robot
Meet Yana and Bo
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