Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects

Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects


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Once, robots were only found in science fiction books and movies. Today, robots are everywhere! They assemble massive cars and tiny computer chips. They help doctors do delicate surgery. They vacuum our houses and mow our lawns. Robot toys play with us, follow our commands, and respond to our moods. We even send robots to explore the depths of the ocean and the expanse of space. In Robotics, children ages 9 and up learn how robots affect both the future and the present. Hands-on activities make learning both fun and lasting.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936749751
Publisher: Nomad Press
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: Nomad Press Build It Yourself Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 415,203
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Ceceri teaches history, science, and art enrichment classes for elementary and middle school students and is a columnist for Home Education Magazine. Her crafts and articles have appeared in Child, FamilyFun, and Sesame Street Parents and online at She is the author of Around the World Crafts, Discover the Desert, The Silk Road, and World Myths and Legends. She lives in Schuylerville, New York. Sam Carbaugh is the illustrator of Amazing Math Projects You Can Build Yourself, Discover the Desert, Food: 25 Amazing Projects, and George Washington: 25 Great Projects You Can Build Yourself. He lives in White River Junction, Vermont.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The World of Robotics 1

Chapter 1 Development of Robotics 11

Chapter 2 Housing: Robot Bodies 27

Chapter 3 Actuators: Making Robots Move 38

Chapter 4 Effectors: How Robots Do Things 55

Chapter 5 Sensors: How Robots Know What's Going On 68

Chapter 6 Controllers: How Robots Think 85

Chapter 7 Al, Social Robots, and the Future of Robotics 104




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"I am very much impressed with this book. It is imaginative and, despite being written for children, not at all 'dumbed down.' Full of interesting information presented in ways that are certain to stir the imagination of its intended audience, features such as 'Words to know,' 'Make your own,' and 'Fascinating Facts' all add to the effectiveness of the presentation."  —Al Dien Professor, Chinese, Emeritus, Stanford University, presenter, Along the Silk Road, interactive workshop for middle school teachers

"If you've got a child who is a robot fanatic, you must grab a copy of this book. Over a dozen hands-on projects and easy-to-understand technical explanations are going to make it a hit with teachers and parents and a must-have for kids." —James Floyd Kelly, author, LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT-G Programming Guide

"Kathy Ceceri has packed this readable book with tons of information to inspire kids to pursue robots. The activities are creative and will prepare kids to build robots. For children too young to program computers and do soldering, this is the book to whet their appetite for robotics." —Ed Sobey, PhD, author, The Way Toys Work and Unscrewed, cofounder of Kids Invent!

"These exciting, bite-sized science experiments will catapult young readers into the world of robotics." —Daniel H. Wilson, PhD., author of Robopocalypse

"Light in tone but dense with information, this guide should appeal to those who already have a strong interest in the topic and are ready for a hands-on challenge." —Publishers Weekly (July 9, 2012)

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Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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Appearance~Dark brown sleek hair in a ponytail braid. She has bow and arrows across he back and is very good at stuff like this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Black hair green eyes simple clothes and a jacket
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Jason Higgenson. Age: 17. Gender: male. Looks: he has platnium scean style hair. He has deep crimson eyes that lok kinda brown but mostly red. He is tall and tan. He has black skinny jeans, combat boots, a red shirt, fingerless gloves, and a black leather jacket.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rosoline is the robot, she has realistic textures of skin and clothing, but the hair isn't very realistic. She is designed to look slightly tanned and without makeup, she has brown hair and her eyes are green with silver outlines. Her eyes are really marbles.
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