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Pleo, a robotic dinosaur--copyright UBOBE

Robots

A robot is simply a machine that can perform an independent action. That means it is a machine that doesn't need a human to tell it what to do. Czechoslovakian writer Karel Capek first used the word "robot" in the 1920s. Mr. Capek would probably be pretty surprised at today's robots. Robots do everything from build cars to perform surgery. How do you build a robot? What makes it "think"?

The guest scientists for "Robots" are:

  • Matthew Anderson, Robotic Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory
  • Mark McKay, Robotic Engineer, Idaho National Laboratory

Start your explorations here. Check out the interesting facts, links and resources. Send in a question for our experts to answer on our broadcast show. And watch the show on Idaho Public Television or here on the website.

Students can send their questions through email to D4K@idahoptv.org, fax them before the show to (208) 373-7245, or call in live during the program at (800) 973-9800. Students who send in a question are eligible to win a DVD player and DVDs for their classroom. Check out the details!

"Robots" airs Tuesday, November 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm /1:00 pm MT/PT. You can also watch it here on the Web! After the broadcast, come here to watch all our "Robots"-related video.

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