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Officer OzBot reporting for duty!

OzBot is a rugged mobile robot designed to assist the police and military to perform front-line operations. Find out what it looks like, what technologies it uses, and what it does. As well, you will meet the people who invented it. Come on patrol with Officer OzBot.

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Battlefield robots on patrol

With eyesight, skills and a mission, battlefield robots are a bit like real soldiers patrolling a warzone. Find out about how and why some students have built these mobile robots, and where their innovative robot technology might be used in the future.

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Getting ahead in animatronics

Ever wanted to know what an animatronic head is and how it works? Watch this clip about a dedicated young robot designer and his collection of robots. We may one day see his robotic creations in a blockbuster movie!

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Sirius about underwater exploration

Robotics can be used to survey both land and the sea floor. Discover how underwater exploration takes place using an unmanned (autonomous) underwater vehicle called Sirius. Find out the advantages of using Sirius to gather a range of information used to build a picture of the sea floor.

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Robot wars!

At the Robotics and Electronics Club of James Cook University, electronics enthusiasts have created robot vehicles to challenge for the smash 'em up drag race title. Witness these robots in action around a circuit, and listen as the club president describes the activity's purpose. Discover some everyday applications of ...

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Biomimicry robots

When you think of a robot, what do you imagine? 'Biomimicry' aims to create robots that are more like forms we find in nature - flexible and pliant, which bend rather than break when confronted with an immovable object. What are the benefits of a robot like this?

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How to build a Mars rover

Imagine if you were building a robot to help you explore Mars. That's exactly what these engineering students are doing. Watch this video to find out about their design process. How important do you think it is to test and review the final product after it has been built?

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Telling robots what to do

If you were programming a robot to play a competitive game of soccer, what are some of the things you would consider? Think about some of the most basic functions of a robot, like walking, stopping and turning, to more complicated functions like recognising objects and reacting to them in a specific way.

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Imagining other uses for robotics technology

It's cool to program robots to play football, but there are many more useful applications for programming robots to react to what they are seeing. What are some of the examples David McKinnon gives? Can you think of some more examples?

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Rat Nav

This 5 minute video segment from Catalyst shows how University of Queensland scientists have created a computer program which mimics the way a rat navigates, in the hope of one day giving future robotic vehicles the ability to explore and map their environments by themselves.

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Implementing an engineering program

In this clip the teacher demonstrates a number of activities that are being developed for an engineering program within the school. The relationship and need for the mathematics content to be aligned with the engineering content is also highlighted, with attention to the effect on students' learning of core concepts.

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Problem-solving skills with robotics

This teacher facilitates a lesson where students participate in a robotics lesson. The students are encouraged to solve problems by using data. They record their results in Google Docs which allows them to interrogate the results collaboratively and to further their understandings. The teacher encourages his year 5 and ...

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Bee-Bot

This iPad app is a game in which users program an animated version of the Bee-Bot floor robot to reach a flower, herd sheep or collect eggs using sequences of instructions - move forwards, move backwards, rotate left and rotate right. The app mirrors Bee-Bot's keypad functionality and includes controls to pause and clear ...

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Meet the Robot Girls

Have you heard of Robogals? Meet some girl students that are building and programming their own robots. Did you know that women outnumber men at Australian universities but when it comes to courses like engineering, men outnumber women? That's something Robogals is trying to change!

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The buzz about bee robots

These bees are simple robots you can quickly program. They wheel forward, turn and reverse and they look like bees!

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A passion for robots

Want to make robots but don't know how to start? Meet the Metal Minds Robotics team. These teenagers from Northern Tasmania got into robotics through playing with Lego Mindstorms. Now they've created STEVE the robot and they're competing in national tech challenges.

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Could robots take nearly half our jobs?

Robots can clean your floor, cook your food, build cars or even go to war. Experts say that within 20 years there could be more robots on Earth than people. How many jobs will humans lose to robots in the future?

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Telerobots, we need you

Telerobots are semi-autonomous robots that are controlled from a distance. See telerobotic vehicles used in mining, agriculture and other workplaces where machines are used to take people out of the danger zone. Find out how the robots are controlled using communications technology.

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Teaching robotics with Rita Trovato

Rita, Principal at Asquith Public School, is passionate about 21st century learning. From Kindergarten to Year 6 her students engage with robots and robotics from Bee-Bots and Probots to participating in Robocup.

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Teaching robotics with Bronwyn Moreton (part 2)

Want to take robots and robotics further? Bronwyn from Asquith Girls High tells us about Robocup and bringing Robogals UNSW students into her school. She also explains how robots are a brilliant way to explore computational thinking, flowcharts, pseudocode and programming.