Mars Exploration Rover Mission (All Grades) Find educational materials related to the Mars Exploration Rover mission, which landed two identical robotic rovers named Spirit and Opportunity on Mars in January 2004.
Robotics Activity Kit (Grades 5-12) Robots are machines that can be used to do jobs. Some robots can do work by themselves. Other robots must always have a person telling them what to do. With this kit, you can explore the different types of robots and learn how they operate. The kit includes: -- End Effector Assembly Guide -- Walking King Crab -- Robotic Hand Assembly Guide -- Sensory Robot (Touch/Sound) -- Brush Bot -- Huggable Mars Model -- Fridge Rover -- Robotics Gripper Claw.
Let's Investigate Mars Activity (Grades 3-5) This lesson challenges students to develop an original, collaborative investigation based on recent Mars robotic investigations.
On the Moon Educator Guide (Grades K-12) NASA and PBS's "Design Squad®" offer teams of students six hands-on engineering challenges that can be used during class time or in after-school programs.
NASA Space Place: Space Technology Activities (Grades 4-8) Try these fun activities that introduce technologies being tested for use on space missions in the future. Robot-related activities include: --Toy Asteroid Nanorover --Robot Puzzle --See Why Two Eyes Beat One
Robotics in Motion Bulletin Board Set (All Grades) The STS-131 mission launched in April 2010. Educators can use this bulletin board set to teach students about robotics as well as inspire them in innovation, creativity and problem solving. The set includes: -- The New Frontier Poster -- The New Frontier Beckons Booklet -- International Space Station Lithograph -- On the Moon Educator Guide -- STS-131 Robotics Bookmark -- NASA Quest Bookmark -- NASA Robonaut Trading Cards.
Rover Races Activity (Grades 5-9) Students experience some of the challenges of "tele-operating" a robotic vehicle on another planet when they design and execute a series of commands to guide a human "rover" through a simulated Martian surface.
Digital Learning Network (Grades K-12) NASA's educational interactive webcasts connects students with NASA experts and education specialists. Use the following four modules to teach about robotics.
(1) Introduction to Robotics in the Classroom (Grades 5-8) Which skills will students need for a future career with robotics? Connect with NASA to learn what is necessary to become a robotics engineer. Students also learn how NASA uses robots to collect data.
(2) Spacebots (Grades K-12) During the Spacebots event, students learn how NASA defines robotics; see how robotic systems are used in the space program; and discover the space agency's plans for future robotic applications. The event includes the following preconference activities for students:
Spacebots Activities --Robots in Action (K-4) --Think Like a Robot (K-4) --Robotic Arm Activity (5-8) --Can a Robot Tie Your Shoes? Activity (5-8) --Design a Microrover for the Moon Activity (5-8) --Robotic Arm (9-12) --Robotic Maze (9-12)
(3) Directive: Mapping the Moon with WALL-E (Grades K-8) Disney Pixar's robot helps co-host this event and introduces students to a few NASA missions, with a focus on NASA's recently launched Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the LRO, and the Lunar Crater and Observation Sensing Satellite, LCROSS.
(4) Mission to Mars Exploration (Grades 5-12) Travel to the Red Planet and discover what it takes to land robotic missions on the uninviting terrain of the Martian soil. Become aware of intense dust storms, huge craters, enormous canyons and towering volcanoes.
Robotics Science and Technology Classroom Module (Grades 5-8 to Adults) Order this classroom module from the Central Operation of Resources to teach about robotics. The module includes: --Liftoff to Learning: Let's Talk Robotics DVD --Destination Tomorrow™: Bringing the Future Into Focus DVD --Robotics Resource CD-ROM --Calculator-Controlled Robotics: Hands-on Mathematics and Science Discovery Educator Guide and Teacher Notes