A History of Robots

The future waits for nobody so English Teacher Online invites you to explore a history of robots. You are encouraged to design your own robot and buy a robot kit to build at home.

A History of Robots

Possibly the first robot was built in the 10th Century BC in ancient China.  A scientist made a mechanical man as a present for the Emperor.

During the Industrial Revolution, many factories began installing machines to do the work of people, such as the “Spinning Jenny”.

However, it wasn’t until after the invention of electricity and computers that robotics could really grow.

The word “robot” was first used in 1921.  It comes from the Czech word “robota” which means “to serve”.  This is because robots are designed to serve humans.

The first robot made to work in a factory was called “Unimate”.  It was invented in 1961 for the General Motors car company.

Since then, many more robots have been made.  Lots of car and computer factories don’t use human workers, as they become automated.

Robots can also do dangerous things that humans can’t do.  Robots are built to explore inside volcanoes, or travel to the bottom of the sea.

One day, we might all have robot servants that live in our houses and do all our work, such as cleaning, washing the dishes, and walking the dog.

However, we must be careful.  If robots get too powerful, they might not like being servants anymore.  They might decide to take over the world, like they did in the movie Terminator.

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The next generation of robots will be created by you. How are you going to help develop the history of robots?

 

You can ask questions in the comments section, but you may want to keep you best revolutionary idea secret!

If you like this page, please check out our STEM page about learning with robots.

Get Excited by STEM

Do you find Science, Technology, Engineering and Math a bit too much or do you get excited by STEM?

English Teacher Online thinks that one of the best ways to teach students about STEM is through the use of robots.

Robots are fun and exciting for children because when you think of robotics, you might think of your favorite cartoons or superheroes. Learning how to build and use robots is a logical way to teach STEM skills to children.

Robot kits start from only 400 Baht. The Solar Robot 7 in 1 Space Fleet is a great first time robot kit to get children interested in robotics. It’s an innovative solar powered science kit to build 7 different space vehicles. The kit includes a Space Station, Robot Rover and even a Space Dog, all powered by either a solar panel or micro rechargeable battery.

This video explains how the Solar Robot 7 in 1 Space Fleet will keep your child engaged and happy for hours.

 

Robots can give you a real head start in subjects like computer programming, math, and science. It can spark an interest in careers that you have never considered before.

Robots teach more than tech skills!

Robots develop problem-solving skills and get people working together.

Problem-based learning inspires creativity and critical thinking.

Students play with a robot and don’t think about the fact that they’re learning.

Robots can help people with disabilities.

Why not challenge your child with the power of robots and buy them one today? It’s a wonderful hobby that has the potential to turn into a career.

Robots are becoming a bigger part of everyday life. How do you think robotics will be used in the future?

Please share your thoughts in the comment section or email Steve@EnglishTeacherOnline.Org