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Roman, Harry T. – Technology Teacher, 2010
Watching a radio-controlled car zip along a sidewalk or street has become a common sight. Within this toy are the basic ingredients of a mobile robot, used by industry for a variety of important and potentially dangerous tasks. In this challenge, students consider modifying an of-the-shelf, radio-controlled car, adapting it for a robotic task.
Descriptors: Robotics, Media Adaptation, Technology Transfer, Radio
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
Biomedical and robotic technologies are merging to present a wonderful opportunity to develop artificial limbs and prosthetic devices for humans injured on the job, in the military, or due to disease. In this challenge, students will have the opportunity to design a store or online service that specifically dedicates itself to amputees. Described…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Robotics, Biomedicine, Online Vendors
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology Teacher, 2007
Robots provide teachers with opportunities to teach multidimensional thinking and critical thinking skills. In this article, the author presents a classroom activity wherein students are required to design a firefighting robot. This activity aims to demonstrate the complexity and interdisciplinary nature of the robotics technology.
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Robotics, Thinking Skills, Class Activities
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Roman, Harry T. – Tech Directions, 2006
Robots are simply computers that can interact with their environment. Some are fixed in place in industrial assembly plants for cars, appliances, micro electronic circuitry, and pharmaceuticals. Another important category of robots is the mobiles, machines that can be driven to the workplace, often designed for hazardous duty operation or…
Descriptors: Robotics, Technology Education, Class Activities
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
Roadways are literally soaked with petrochemical byproducts, oils, gasoline, and other volatile substances that eventually run off into sewers and end up in rivers, waterways, and other undesirable places. Can the roads be cleaned of these wastes, with their proper disposal? Can vehicles, robots, or other devices be designed that could be driven…
Descriptors: Sanitation, Wastes, Fuels, Motor Vehicles
Roman, Harry T. – Teaching Pre K-8, 2006
Inventors design new products because there is a strong need for them. Understanding this and discussing it in the classroom will show students how technology, math and science are used to improve everyone's standard of living and strengthen the economy. There are numerous connections to history, social studies and literacy--making the study of…
Descriptors: Intellectual Property, Curriculum Development, Innovation, Engineering
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology Teacher, 2004
A fun design challenge that can be used in the classroom and across the grades is presented in this article. No special tools, hardware, or supplies are needed, only imagination and teamwork. It is a fun exercise that illustrates technology education principles. This design challenge is a mirror on the world, very similar to how projects are…
Descriptors: Robotics, Design, Technology Education, Teaching Methods