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Bots! Robotics Engineering with Hands-On Makerspace Activities

By Kathy Ceceri  
Illustrated by Lena Chandhok

Robots are everywhere! They vacuum our houses, work in our factories, help us learn at school, and play with us at home. They sample rocks from other planets, Read More

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Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8x10 size | 4-color | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology


Praise for a previous edition of this book

Featured title School Library Journal "Focus on Robo Reads"
“Robot types and features from the past, present, and near future are introduced in this wide-ranging overview. Twenty hands-on activities relate directly to the concepts introduced in the narrative. A ‘WobbleBot' project for example, demonstrates robot movements in a simple, doable form. Cartoon illustrations support the narrative and the clear instructions.”

Publisher's Weekly
“Ceceri's cartoon-illustrated activity book, an addition to the Build It Yourself series, introduces readers to robotics, with information on its history, different robot technologies, and the evolution of the field . . . Light in tone but dense with information, this guide should appeal to those who already have a strong interest in the topic and are ready for a hands-on challenge.”

Praise for Video Games by Kathy Ceceri

This appealing offering should prove to be a popular addition to STEAM collections.”

Cathe Post, Senior Editor,
“This is an enjoyable journey through the history of video games. It would be great for kids and even grandparents who want to know more about what their kids (and grandkids) are playing!”

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Detailed Book Description

Robots are everywhere! They vacuum our houses, work in our factories, help us learn at school, and play with us at home. They sample rocks from other planets, survey disaster zones from the air, and bring back images from the bottom of the ocean.

In Bots! Robotics Engineering with Hands-On Makerspace Activities, kids ages 9 to 12 learn about the systems that help robots operate—the bodies that determine how they move, sensors that tell them what's going on around them, artificial intelligence that lets them figure out what to do next, and more! Explore the history of robots with fascinating facts and profiles of people working in this exciting STEM field. Bots! explores how art, psychology, and biology make robots easier to talk to and let them do things people can’t, such as slither or fly. And you'll get a peek at research that may someday bring us the robots of tomorrow.

Bots! is part of a set of two Build It Engineering books that explore the engineering technology behind our daily lives. The other titles in this series is Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel with Hands-On Engineering Activities.

Try these hands-on engineering projects!

  • Concoct some frubbery robot skin
  • Construct a model solenoid
  • Design a hydraulic arm
  • Build a pen and paper Ozobot-style game



The World of Robotics
Robot? Or Not?

Chapter 1
The Development of Robotics
Artbots Everywhere!

Chapter 2
Robotic Shapes and Jobs
Make Your Own Robot Skin
Create an Inflatable Robot

Chapter 3
Actuators: Making Robots Move
Solar WobbleBot
Passive Dynamic Mini-Walker

Chapter 4
How Robots Do Things
Robotic Hand
Hydraulic Robotic Arm

Chapter 5
Sensors: What is Going On?
Tilt Sensor
Pressure Sensor

Chapter 6
Controllers: How Robots Think
Write a Pencil-and-Paper Logo Program
Program a Virtual Musical Robot with Scratch
Build and Program a Recycled Robot with MakeCode

Chapter 7
AI and the Future of Robotics
Teach a Robot to Play NIMBLE

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions