Educational Robotics

New Media Museum’s Educational Robotics Collection
New Media Museum’s Educational Robotics Collection

Bot Books

Asimov’s Robots

Bots in Pop Culture


Bot or Not?
An introductory exercise started out with handing a toy mechanical robot to each group of students and asking tjem to discuss whether or not they were “robots.” Then each group received a MicroPet and its instructions. After the students had sufficient time to learn its commands, they were again asked to discuss whether or not the MicroPet qualified as a robot.

MicroPets are only one inch high. They can interact with each other, responding to each other’s sounds and actions. They also have voice recognition and can follow commands that are spoken to them….no programming needed. They sing, play and according to Tomy, even get upset when they’re left out. U.S. version pets sing the National Anthem. Micropets made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the tiniest, sound activated, self-powered toy. —

Micro-pets (Tomy)

Bot Talent Show


Star Attraction, RoboSapien!

RoboSapien is a sophisticated fusion of technology and personality. Loaded with attitude and intelligence, RoboSapien is the first robot based on the science of applied biomorphic robotics. With a full range of dynamic motion, interactive sensors and a unique personality, RoboSapien is more than a mechanical companion – he’s a multi-functional, thinking, feeling robot with attitude! — RoboSapien (WowWee)

RoboSapien is a toy-like biomorphic robot designed by Mark Tilden and produced by WowWee toys. The RoboSapien is preprogrammed with moves, and also can be controlled by an infrared remote control included with the toy, or by either a personal computer equipped with an infrared transmitter or an infrared transmitter-equipped PDA. The toy’s remote control unit has a total of 21 different buttons. With the help of two shift buttons, a total of 67 different robot-executable commands are accessible. — RoboSapien (Wikipedia)

Toy Bot Box (Dissection Lab)

BYO Bot Books

Bot Anatomy: Gears

Capsela (eBay)

Bot Anatomy: Electronics


BYO Bot: OWI Kits

OWI/MOVIT (Carl’s Electronics)

BYO Bot: K’Nex