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The first modern robots were made by an American scientist and inventor named William Grey Walter. Since then robots have robots have come a long way and they have numerous, practical uses. A robot is defined as a machine that senses things around it and moves by itself. Robots have been used on car assembly lines. They have also been used to lift extremely hot or cold objects, to lift heavy objects, to clean up messes, to perform tasks in space, and to perform military tasks. A humanoid (a human-like) robot in Japan named Saya has even worked as a school teacher and receptionist. With the advancements in technology the possibilities of tasks robots can perform seem endless.

Did You Know?

  • Around 1206 an Arab inventor by the name of Al-Jaari made what many consider to be the first robots.

  • Robots have to be programmed by people.
  • The person who programs a robot is called robotics engineer.
  • Robotics is one of the fastest-growing job fields.
  • Many schools across the world participate in robotics competitions.
  • There is a robot called iRobot's Roomba Intelligent Floorvac that can vacuum a room without oversight.

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Robots in Risky Jobs
Clay, Kathryn
"Describes various military, space, and other robots used to carry out missions that are too dangerous for human beings"--
Humanoid Robots
Clay, Kathryn
"Describes the past, present, and possible future of robots that resemble humans and human behavior"--
The Kids' Guide to Robots
Davis, Barbara J.
"Describes a wide variety of robots and their applications, including history and current research"--Provided by publisher.


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Children and Robotics Video

Robot Information

Robotics Program

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