Bots! Robotics Engineering
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Bots! Robotics Engineering: With Makerspace Activities for Kids

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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9781619308305
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9781619308275
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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
Leveling: Ages 9-12 |Grade Level 4-6 |

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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

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

Cathe Post, Senior Editor, GeekMom.com
“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 Makerspace Activities for Kids, 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 Engineering Activities for Kids   

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

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Timeline

Intro: The World of Robotics

Robot … Or Not a Robot?

Chapter 1: The Development of Robotics

A Vibrating ArtBot

Chapter 2: Robotic Shapes and Jobs

Edible Robot Skin
Create an Inflatable Robot
Robot Test Platform

Chapter 3: Actuators: Making Robots Move

Solar WobbleBot
Passive Dynamic Mini-Walker

Chapter 4: Effectors: How Robots Do Things

Robotic Hand
Hydraulic Robotic Arm

Chapter 5: Sensors: How Robots Know What is Going On

Tilt Sensor
Digital Camera IR Detector
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, Social Robots, and the Future of Robotics

Teach a Robot to Play NIMBLE

Glossary

Resources

Index