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The Best Sites To Learn About Robots

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'Robot' photo (c) 2012, Ewen Roberts - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

I’ve found that students of all ages are interested in robots. Given that interest, I thought it would be a good idea to bring together a number of resources about them that are accessible to English Language Learners. They make for high interest reading material, and provide good images to write about, too. The videos provide good listening practice.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About Robots:

The Boston Globe’s Big Picture has a nice series of photos of Robots.

The Big Picture also has another series of similar images called More Robots.

The Tech Museum has a nice group of robot-related activities.

LIFE has a slideshow on Japanese Robotics.

LIFE also has a slideshow of famous robots from television and the movies.

Robots, Robots Everywhere is an online CBS News video on Japanese robots.

Here’s another CBS News video — this one on soccer games between robotic dogs.

Robots can help when disaster strikes, according to this video news report.

The Robot Hall of Fame has a slideshow.

ABC News has a slideshow on robots replacing human teachers in the classroom.

CNN has several interesting videos, including ones on:

A Home Robot

A Robotics Competition

The First Robotics Championship

Robotic Suits To Help The Disabled

The Robo-Penguin is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

Curious Robotic Animals is a slideshow from LIFE about robots designed to look and act like animals.

Robots, part III is from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture, and is a series of images of…robots.

Robot menagerie is a slideshow from the BBC.

Robot Pictures is a slideshow from How Stuff Works.

How Stuff Works has a ton of videos on robots.

Robot to help with housework is a video and article from The Telegraph.

“Robots Come To Life In Japan” is a slideshow about…robots in Japan.

“Vintage Robots” is a great slideshow from Popular Science showing an archive of “old” robots.

Robots To The Rescue is the title of a Newsweek slideshow. Here’s how they describe it:

robots often take the place of humans and do the dangerous, dirty work we don’t want to do. Here’s a look at some of our favorite robotic friends.

Top 10 Robot Videos on YouTube comes from Mashable.

Here are several more robot resources from the BBC:

Watch a video of a Tokyo couple married by robot in rooftop wedding.

In pictures: Robots wow Japanese

In pictures: Japanese prototype robots

ABC News has several robot-related videos:

Robots Show Off Hoop Skills

Robots Used as Therapists

Robots Lend a Hand

Restaurant of the Future

Meet the Robots

Robots Run on Rat Brains

The Robot Olympics were recently held in China.

You can a video about it from the BBC, and another video from Scientific American.

Scientific American also has a slideshow of a robot soccer league.

Bonding With Paro is a video from The New York Times about how robots are providing companionship to residents of a senior community.

10 robots that suck more than Da Vinci’s is not an ideal title, but it’s a good slideshow from the News in Australia.

Students, Meet Your New Teacher, Mr. Robot is an article and video from The New York Times about the development of teaching robots. The article would be challenging for ELL’s, but the video is accessible, It could be a great source of discussion in the classroom.

Interview With A Robot is the title of a New York Times video where a reporter intervews a disembodied head of a robot.

The Emotional Robot is a video about a…robot developed to show emotions.

Watch A Robot Jam Out On The Marimba is an amazing short video about a musical robot. It’s not to be missed.

“Robots On The Rise” is an infographic about the growing use of robots in the workplace.

Robot Invasion Welcomed in Japan is a New York Times slideshow.

Robots compete in football World Cup is a video from The Telegraph.

It’s a Robots’ Life is a slideshow from MSNBC.

Will Small Step for Robots Lead to Giant Leap for Robotkind? is the title of a video from the PBS News Hour.

NASA’s sending up a “robotic astronaut” with the space shuttle Discovery, and a Florida newspaper has a nice infographic showing what it is.

Welcome to the Machines: Designing Useful Robots is a lesson plan, including multimedia resources, from The New York Times Learning Network. The lesson plan could be modified for ELL’s.

Giving Robots the Heavy Lifting is a slideshow from The New York Times.

Robot restaurant serves up a look at the future is the title of a fun video from MSNBC.

Robots At Work and Play is the title of a series of photos from The Atlantic.

A Zoo’s Worth of Robotic Animals is an amazing collection of videos from The Atlantic.

Video: Meet Kong And Wu, The Ping Pong Playing Robots From China is a video and article.

10 Favorite Robots From the Movies and Real Life is from The Atlantic.

Here’s a video of a “Gumby”-like robot, and you can read more about it here.

Watch this video of robot “quadrotors” play the James Bond theme song and read more about it (and see another video) at The Atlantic:

The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency just announced their robot just set a speed record for a legged-robot — 18 mph. You can read more about it here at the BBC, and you can see it in action in the video below.

Check out this jumping robot:

Here’s something you don’t see everyday — a bicycle riding robot:

Check out this “Camouflage robot.”:

Robots At Work and Play is a slideshow from The Atlantic.

Movie Robots From ‘Metropolis’ to ‘Pacific Rim’: An Evolutionary Study is from Flavorwire.

Meet a robot that is designed to go “anywhere”:

Making Robots More Like Us appeared in The NY Times.

Suggestions are welcome.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

One Comment

  1. Hi Larry
    Thank you for the very useful list of robot sites. I have had dealings of a sensitve nature with robots this past week and your excellent list has come at an opportune moment.

    I am very glad the “captcha” for this comment was easy for me to read! I have become a bit averse towards them recently…..

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