This is a great way for students to learn STEM concepts through hands on activities.
Many students have difficulty in applying engineering concepts from a book into the real world. With the help of hands on activities, kids can see how things works and what science principles are at work. They can even test the boundaries of the theories with experiments. Lego robotics are becoming a popular activity in STEM camps.
Amy Kukulya is an oceanographic engineer. She helps to build and operate torpedo-shaped robots to map the terrain under water. She tests out REMUS (picture to the left).
Information used to take years to collect. Now with under water technology,
these engineers can collect data within minutes. They do not have to go to the site. They can operate robots from ships or laboratories.
Technology also allows these engineers to travel farther, deeper and longer under water. We are now able to see ocean volcanoes or underwater mountain chains.
There are many types of technology used including underwater vehicles, video equipment, and ocean seismometers (measures seafloor movement). There are also computer and satellite linked buoys and floats.
For more information about Amy and REMUS, watch her video at: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/video/underwater-robot/?guid=60030f60-3dfc-48dc-85bf-c7bbeee1e562
Did you know that the first robot toy was produced in 1932? In 1913, Henry Ford invented an assembly line that put together a Model T in 93 minutes. In 1957, the space race began when the Soviet Union launched "Sputnik."
Kids are fascinated by how robots are built and how they work. They want to invent ways to use a robot.
*Have your kids begin their adventure by using unwanted household items such as paper towel rolls and old boxes - http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/projects/makearobot.html
*When they get older, your children may like to try a robotics kit. With your help, they can learn how to assemble a robot and make it move. Then you can challenge your child to have the robot complete a task.
As always, have fun!
KES STEM Team
Our STEM Team includes teachers and parents.