Martian Explorers: What are Space Robots?

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This resource provides a series of lessons designed to help children understand the need for exploration robots and learn about how they work. The activities link mostly to D&T with a science context, though some of the activities are more focussed on learning in English.

The activities are:

What are Space Robots?

Learn about robots and come up with a design for a robot, thinking about function, what it should be made and who it is helping.

Describing Space Robots

Children begin to describe their space robot, saying what it will be made of and why they have chosen those materials. They also find out more about space exploration and the jobs that a space robot may carry out.

Making a Robot Move

Learn about mechanisms, then explore and make 3 different mechanisms for their space robots.

Building a Space Robot

Learn about how robots have casings to protect delicate parts. Assemble the different mechanisms onto a casing to produce a space robot model.

Robot Materials

Explore a range of materials and their properties, then apply this knowledge to improve the overall structure and function of their space robot models.

This activity has been provided by ESERO-UK, as part of the ExoMars resources.

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