Robobees: Organisms & Technology

Robobees: Organisms & Technology

How can nature help humans design better technology?

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Science+_Robobees
Course
Course
Science+
Subjects
Subjects
Science
Grade Levels
Grade Levels
3
Duration (hours)
Duration (Approx hours)
25
Overview
In this module, your students will discover how nature can help us design better technology. Students will explore what is happening to bees around the world and how a robotic bee is part of a temporary solution. Students will also learn about the life cycles of various plants and animals to design a robot that can be used to clean up trash on their school playground.
Standards
3-LS1-1
3-LS3-2
3-LS3-1
3-LS3-2
3-5 ETS1-1
Cyber Connections
Cybersecurity
Cyber Career Awareness
Digital Identity
Section Title
Lessons
Accordion Items
Title
Focus Question: How can nature help humans design better technology?
Content

Guide students in developing a class focus question about the phenomenon. How can nature help humans design better technology?

Title
Discovery 1: Why would we need a robotic bee?
Content

Students will learn that honey bees are important because they pollinate a lot of plants including our food supply, but they are decreasing so robotic bees can help.

Title
Discovery 2: What are nature’s life cycles?
Content

Life cycles of different plants and animals look different but have the same stages such as birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

Title
Discovery 3: How can animals vary?
Content

Animals look different than their parents and siblings because they inherit a variation of traits from their parents. Organisms change characteristics based on their diet, learning, and environment.

Title
Discovery 4: Why do honey bees live in groups?
Content

Some animals like bees live in groups for protection, to hunt, and to raise their young. Bees have specialized roles in the colony that help them survive.

Title
Discovery 5: How can technology help the environment?
Content

The robobee mimics a honey bee’s behavior and function to pollinate flowers. Different technology can copy the structure, behavior, and function of organisms to help the environment.

Title
Engineering Design Project: Robot Animal Design
Content

Your class is getting tired of cleaning up the trash on the playground after recess. You want to design a robot to pick up all the trash each day.

Title
Socratic Seminar: Are robots alive?
Content

A Socratic seminar is a methodology that allows open, polite, deep discussion on a topic. Students freely express their thoughts and ideas without the fear of ridicule, or wrong answers. Students engage in respectful conversation where they justify their thoughts and listen to the ideas of others.