Operating in the Robotic Matrix HTTP://OPERATING-IN-THE-ROBOTIC-MATRIX.WEEBLY.COM Day 1: Robopocalypse Day 3: Number Five is ALIVE! No disassemble!!! Day 2: Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto! Day 4: Resistance is Futile
Here are your teachers: Ms. McIntyre http://mcintyrebobcatgeniuses.weebly.com / Ms. Turner http://gifted-shifted.weebly.com/
Classroom Guidelines Everyone will treat each other and their property with respect. Everyone will treat the robots and all other associated materials with care and respect. Ask questions!!! There is no such thing as a stupid question. Only ones that are never asked.
Ask yourself: Hmm… What are the advantages and disadvantages of robots performing tasks at the direction of humans?
Lesson 1: Robopocalypse LESSON OBJECTIVE Students will be able to design, build, and program their robots to perform transitional moves in the form of a dance. Students will be able to analyze the evolutionary influence of robotics on human society, accurately arrange a set of robot pictures according to when they first occurred in society, and be able to defend their choices. POINT TO PONDER There are many factors that affect how a robot transitions from task to task. Humanity’s increasing dependence on robots will affect future historical events. ESSENTIAL QUESTION How can I make my design and program my robot to make successful transitions from one task to another? How has robotic design evolved throughout history?
Let us think for a moment… When do you believe man first thought of the idea of robots? When did you think man built the first robot? What materials do you think early inventors used to make their automatons or robots and what do you think their functions might have been?
Activity Time Evolutionary Robotic Cards With partners…see how many correct pictures you can match with the correct description Keep these somewhere safe until the of the lesson. We will return back to these to check over our answers.
Robotics in a Timeline https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRmEnwjw1gI What questions or thoughts do you have about what you see?
Research Activity Robots have evolved from the earliest time of man. From the materials they are made from, purpose, functions, and the power source, there is no denying that then evolution of robotic design has influenced the development of society. Directions: In partners visit these three websites and then respond to the questions below. Be ready to discuss your responses and findings. http://www.thocp.net/reference/robotics/robotics.html http://www.thocp.net/reference/robotics/robotics.html http://www.scienceboffins.co.uk/about/blog/item/15- robots-through-history/15-robots-through-history http://www.scienceboffins.co.uk/about/blog/item/15- robots-through-history/15-robots-through-history http://www.robotshop.com/media/files/PDF/timeline.pdf http://www.robotshop.com/media/files/PDF/timeline.pdf
“Avoiding the Minefield…it’s a Mindsweeper” Mission In the “Avoiding the Minefield…it’s a Mindsweeper” your mission should you choose to accept it will be to build and program your robot to safely locate three mines, mark their location, and safely cross the battlefield without touching any obstacles or mines. Our country’s soldiers are counting on you to help protect them from within enemy territory. Are you ready to take on this mission or is your” mind” not up to the task?
“The Pirate Poseidon Adventure” Mission In the “Pirate Poseidon Adventure” your mission should you choose to accept it will be to design and build your underwater robot and retrieve items from Blackbeard’s lost treasure that has sunk to the bottom of the ocean floor from his ship the Queen’s Anne Revenge. You must retrieve these items before other treasure hunters get them and take away your riches. Are you willing to take on this mission or are you all wet?
“We are not Alone” Mission Extra!!! Extra!!! Hear all about it. Scientists have discovers a new planet, named Kryla. Your mission should you choose to accept it, is to build, design, and program your robot so that it can navigate through the rough terrain of the planet and collect samples. You will then place those samples on top of the collection capsule. Are you ready to take on this mission or are you “lost in space?”
SO WHAT MISSION DO YOU CHOOSE??? You may choose to work in partners or groups of 3 or 4. This message will self-destruct in 3 minutes.
It’s Robot Time!!! Grab your robots and other materials. Carefully examine all the parts. Today you will complete the build on your robot and learn how to use the LEGO Mindstorms robotic program on your computers. The Operating in the Robotic Matrix Checklist is designed to help you accomplish a set of daily tasks with your robots.
Closure What did you learn about the history of robotics? Let’s revisit your evolutionary robotic cards. Check over your answers and make any changes you feel are necessary. Let’s discuss why you did or didn’t make any changes. What factors help you to justify your decision. Go to the interactive board and place your answers. And the answers are….
What are we going to learn? LESSON OBJECTIVE Students will be able to understand how robots are designed, built, and used and apply that knowledge to building and using their own NXT robot. POINT TO PONDER Every year, robotic design changes and we find new uses for robots. Will there be a time when robots will complete all physical labor for humans and humans will not be required to work? ESSENTIAL QUESTION What are some ways that robots are capable of by using sensors, appendages, and power supplies that would be a challenge for humans to complete due to safety or other physical or mental limitations?
The Mail is Here! What parts on this robot made it possible for this task to be completed?
Like your body, all the parts in it are designed for a specific function. A robot’s appendages have the same purpose as well. A robot’s appendages, the materials it is made of, and it’s power source are factors that must be taken into consideration when designing, building, and programming a robot.
Activity Time Get into pairs. You are to match the pictures with the descriptions. While doing this activity ask yourself how these parts work in unison to allow the robot to function and perform as its designed and programmed to do? Go to the interactive board and place your answers. And the answers are….
It’s cooperative learning time! You will now be split into 2 groups for centers. Center 1 You will read printed out “newsletters” about robotic design, materials and purposes. Then students will discuss what they found most interesting and jot notes in their journals Center 2 You will be given materials for one poster and markers. Students will imagine and describe a new material, purpose, or design for a robot.
Speaker: Engineer and Robotics Coach Listen carefully. Be ready to ask questions to our speaker. This is your chance to learn more about how robots interact with humans(their functions and applications) and how humans benefit from robots.
Let’s Build Again! Get your checklist out from yesterday. Today you will be challenged by building and working with your robots using their appendages. Go ahead get your robots and complete Day 2 of the checklist.
Closure Share with your fellow peers how your robots move using their appendage. QUESTION: Would you want a robotic appendage implemented into your body? Justify your answer.
What are we going to learn?? LESSON OBJECTIVE Students will be able modify the building and programing of their robots when given a financial challenge or asked to make their robot transition by a different unit of measurement. Students will be to distinguish between societal views of how certain forms of media robots. POINTS TO PONDER What challenges and modifications do scientists endure when designing, building, and programming robots? Does the scarcity of robots in everyday life, effect the users' expectations and interpretations about robots stem from the media? ESSENTIAL QUESTION How do challenges influence the modifications of robotic design? How does our perception of robots from the media affect our interaction with them in real life?
Let’s talk about it??? How do TV, the movies, and other forms of media influence or affect your opinion about robots?
It’s show time! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j- 2Jd7v5qd0 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j- 2Jd7v5qd0 So what are your thoughts and comments you have about the movie?
Activity Time…. “Robot in the Media Game”. In this activity get into pairs and try to match the form of medium with the correct description Justify the choices you made. Go to the interactive board and place your answers. And the answers are…
Automatons enter stage right!!! Let’s discuss what are Automatons? - automatons are mechanical devices built during the middle ages that were programmed to do one or two things, not true robots. - Let’s watch a video clip from the movie “Wild, Wild West” with Will Smith (2 min from DVD) - Complete the worksheet “Automatons” by following directions.
Let’s continue building… - Take out your checklist and review what challenge awaits you for Day 3. - Remember to not only think creatively but also use what you already know to succeed.
Closure Lets see what your robots can do! Discuss: Why do think people are so fascinated with robots?
What are we going to learn? LESSON OBJECTIVE Students will be able apply their knowledge of robotic design and programming to complete a pre-determined “mission.” Students will be able to distinguish how effective artificial intelligence is in social interactions? POINT TO PONDER What are some tasks or “missions” that humans, are better able to complete than robots? Robots could soon be self-aware and be independent citizens. ESSENTIAL QUESTION What knowledge is needed about robotic design and programming to succeed in completing the mission? How can the advancement of artificial intelligence, create robots with human like persona?
Let’s Discuss and more… Respond to this question: Do you think robots and humans can interact in the same way humans do with each other? Watch this video from the movie “Short Circuit”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7wj3bB6OU4 Respond to this question: Do you think robots can display spontaneous emotional responses as seen in this movie clip?
Point to Ponder… Do you think robots can hold a spontaneous conversation with a human and respond accordingly to human questions? Watch this video clip of “Jules the Robot”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhVu2hxm07E What questions or comments do have about the video?
What is the Turing Test? Let’s discuss the following: Would you know if you are having a conversation with a robot and not even know it? Notes The thought accord to scientists and Alan Turning in 1950 created such a test, which was published in his paper, Computing Machinery and Intelligence. He questioned “Are there imaginable digital computers which would do well in the imitation game?“ Let’s read more about in the reading passage What’ the Turing Test All About”. After reading we will read get in groups and have you discuss what you thought with your peers.
Assessment Time: Turing Test Who would like to participate in doing the Turning Test? Listen to Speaker A and Speaker B. You will be asked to identify which speaker is the computer and which one is the human. Be ready to justify your answers.
Turing Test Video Let’s watch this video of an actual Turing Test being done with Siri. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TX6h1u3PM8k What thoughts or comments do you have about what you just saw. What role do you think Artificial Intelligence plays in the Turing Test?
Let’s Build Let’s look at your checklist sheet for Day 4. - Always feel free to ask questions. That’s what we’re here for! - GET BUILDING and COMPLETE YOUR MISSION!
MISSION POSSIBLE Each group will now have their robot demonstrate how it completed the mission.
Closure Let’s Discuss How were you able to achieve a successful mission and what obstacles/challenges did you have to overcome. Final Question and Discussion How does creating humanoid robot who can participate in human social conversations, via AI, help assimilate robots into society?