Robotics The Tech
Classroom Activities

Educational Goals

Robotics was designed to introduce the science behind the design and operation of robots, and after interacting with the exhibit, you will be able to:

  1. Define a robot as a machine that gathers information about its environment (senses) and uses that information (thinks) to follow instructions to do work (acts).

  2. Recognize the advantages and limitations of robots by comparing how robots and humans sense, think, and act and by exploring uses of robots in manufacturing, research, and everyday settings.

  3. Understand your connection with technology and create an excitement about science and math that will prepare you for a workplace in which computer, robotics, and automation are common and essential.

Each major thematic area of the exhibit has specific educational goals accomplished using hands-on activities that compare how human and robotic systems sense, think, and act.

Introduction to Robots
Explore the question of the tricky definition of what a robot is and isn't when you meet Sarcos, their audio animatronic host to the exhibit area.

Sensing
Learn about human and robotic vision systems, explore three modes of robotic sensing, and apply a robotic sensory mode to a specific task.

Thinking
Human thinking (heuristic) and robotic thinking (algorithmic) will be explored as you gain an understanding of why a robot needs specific instructions.

Acting
Use locomotion and manipulation, two primary types of robotic action to understand why sensing and thinking feedback are essential for effective action.

Applications
Discover that robots are capable of planning their own actions. Different situations and tasks will be presented allowing you to explore the advantages of robots in terms of efficiency, accuracy, and safety.

Robots and Pittsburgh
Discover how Dante and Terregator, two Pittsburgh built robots, operate. Pittsburgh's importance as a robotics center, both in research and in commercial applications, will also be explored and learn the role of robotics in the U.S. within the context of global engineering and economic development.

Learn about exciting and interesting career opportunities within the fields of robotics, engineering, and computers. Examine the advantages robots bring to manufacturing in terms of safety, efficiency, worker satisfaction, and the ability to perform in hazardous or remote areas.

Children's Zone
Discover through experimentation that robots are machines that follow directions, do work, and may have sensors that gather information and control how a robot operates.


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