Pancake Making Robots?!
Kiddos will appreciate the differences between fictional robots and the real-life robots all around us after reading about the past, present and future of robotic technology in Gregory's Robots.
While it might be interesting to try this book as a read aloud, it is most appropriate for a 4th or 5th grade reader who is captivated by robots or artificial intelligence.
Ideas for Making it Real
Hands-on activities are the single best way for children to learn about robots - how they work, what is necessary to build one, as well as the team-work required from beginning to completion of the task. Look for after-school robotics clubs or local STEM groups who teach young people about robotics. If your child is particularly passionate about this topic, you may even want to start your own club! MakerState provides guidance, curriculum and coaching for parents and teachers on how to start robotics groups, as well as an After School Maker Space.
If you are interested in classes or a home-school enrichment program, Engineering for Kids is a good to place to start your online search for resources. Or, if a monthly at home project is more your speed, KiwiCo offers monthly STEM/STEAM subscriptions or individual kits for children of all ages.
Additional Resource for Parents
Oxford Economics projects there will be 20 million robots in the world by 2030!
Their 2019 How Robots Change the World report, based on extensive research by a worldwide team of 300 economists, analysts and technology experts, is a must-read for parents interested in what a future economy built around the use of robots may look like.
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