Rob Ruddle presenting his final overall project at Arts & Bots 2011.
Letter of Thanks from Rob Ruddle
This is C3PO and he is looking for storm troopers. When he finds them he throws the thermal detonator at them.
Created by Rob Ruddle
Students will create a model of a biological system that demonstrates how that biological system works. More specifically, the model should demonstrate how the system reacts when performing a certain task. Student research will be necessary. The inspiration for this project came from the demonstration we saw yesterday in which sensors were attached to a man to create a graphical model how h is body reacts when hitting a golf ball. this activity could also be extended by having students label systems, subsystems, and components. While sensors would be very expensive for a school district, there are plenty of youtube videos that demonstrate things in slow motion. additionally, some might have access to high speed cameras and will be able to create their own slow motion videos. The difficulty I see with this project is that this will only work for systems you can see from the outside of the body.
Five Integration Ideas for the Robot Diaries Materials
By: Rob Ruddle
2. Debate of Current EventsThe students will work with a partner to perform a debate about a current event. Their robots will act out emotions to accompany their arguments in an attempt to convince the rest of the class to side with them. 3. Anchor-bot The students will create a robot that represents a news anchor. The news anchor will introduce a new scientific or technological breakthrough (within the past year). The news story should talk about the background behind the breakthrough, the current effect, and the potential future impacts.
5. AnglesStudents will create a robotic device that teaches about angles. The device should be able to show congruency, supplementary angles, and complimentary angles. The students can then use their devices to teach younger students about angles.
Here are some of the final products seventh grade students created in their Social Studies, Math, Science, and English classes at California Area Middle School. The students really enjoyed the project and we are planning to facilitate the activity again next year.
Developed by Rob Ruddle
You have been hired to create an exhibit for the ancient civilizations wing at the Robot Diaries Museum. This museum uses animated exhibits to tell stories about different cultures.
Examples of students' work see these videos.
The Museum Bots curriculum was created with the purpose of integrating science, technology, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and art by using robotics as a knowledge vehicle.
Students create robotic characters from ancient civilizations and narrate their lives.
Students integrate sensors to have their robots interact.
Students create a setting for their robots and have the robots react to the setting.
First Iteration Ancient Celebrities
Picking between Egypt, Greece or Rome - students researched their ancient civilization of choice to find a historic figure they would like to portray. Students built a robot to represent that personality, and programmed it to move and express emotions as they narrate its story.
Students used this storyboard format to plan and program their robot and its narrative:
Second Iteration Status and Symbols
Following a tour of the Ancient Egypt Hall of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, led by Christine Mills, the lesson plan was revised to include people from all walks of life and integrate ancient symbols into the robot design.
Each student was assigned an ancient civilization and a social class.
After conducting some research using reference books and online resources - students built a robot to represent the class and culture they were assigned. They then programmed it to move and express emotions as they narrate a story from its daily life.
This People and Culture handout helped frame students research and work.
The exhibit has opened and many museum patrons have been asking questions about how the people would have interacted with each other in ancient civilizations. The museum owners have decided to have you and another employee work together to have your robots interact with each other. Of course, the conversation will be translated to English.
Students modified robots that were built in the previous activities. They wrote a conversation and added sensors and triggers to the design in order for the robots to interact with each other. In this iteration students had a choice of creating a conversation between two characters from the same civilization, or between representative of two different ancient cultures.
We met with artist Keith Hershberger to learn how to do stop motion animation, and explore ways it can be used within Robot Diaries curriculum. Stop motion animation can help fill narrative gaps in the mechanic movement of the robots, while engaging students in fun media techniques.
This clip incorporated stop motion animation into an existing video recorded during the Dialogues activity: