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How to Make Your Nanorover - Instructions and diagrams from NASA on how to make a Nanorover from styrofoam meat trays.
Rover Ranch - A place to learn about robotic engineering. You can learn about the development of robots, their elements and systems, and use a 3D VRML simulation to build and run your own robot.
Robotics Education Project - The ultimate objective of NASA's Robotics Alliance Project is to expand the national resource of experienced, talented robotics experts that are available to develop future robotics systems needed by NASA and support the national investment in the robotics market. In part, this is done by supporting a series of robotics competition programs that inspire students to become involved with technical fields, facilitating robotics curriculum enhancements at all educational levels, and developing a national clearinghouse for robotics education and career resources.
Get A Trip On Robotics - More than ever, the robotic arm is probing, grabbing, sensing, lifting, working, helping and moving its way into our daily lives.
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Robotics - Advice about creating a robotics workshop and tips on how to calmly work with children and tools.
Robot Combat - Whether you are building a robot for combat or just to watch one move around, this is your site. Built inexpensively with recycled materials for the most part, by an amateur tinkerer.
Robot Cafe - This is a huge site with links to all you need to build your own robot or find others with the same interest.
Robotics Mailing List - for anyone interested in general discussion related to robotics. Includes individuals who use LEGO Mindstorms, RoboLab and leJOS. Include those involved with team efforts such as FLL - First LEGO League, FIRST high school robotics, Robofest, and BEST competitions. List members include homeschoolers and other educators, parents, programmers, engineers, and those involved with robotics clubs and activities from across the country.
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BotBall - A hands-on learning experience in robotics designed to engage students in learning the practical applications of science, technology, engineering and math.
FIRST Robotics Competition - FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) aspires to transform culture, making science, math, engineering, and technology as cool for kids as sports are today. FIRST operates the FIRST Robotics Competition for high school students and the FIRST LEGO League, for children 9-14 years old.
Robotics Competitions - A list of the robotics competitions for middle school, high school and college.
Robofest - Lawrence Technological University's Robofest is a computerized robotics contest in which 5th - 12th grade students design, construct and program their robots while learning problem-solving techniques, mathematics, logic, creativity, physics, electronics, mechanics, teamwork, computers and computer programming.
First Lego League - Teams use LEGO bricks, sensors, motors and gears to construct and program a fully autonomous robot capable of completing different missions while maneuvering around the 4 foot-by-8 foot FLL Playing Field. For 9-14 year olds.
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MIT Robot Pike Project - Here at the MIT Towing Tank we are building robotic fish. The aim of these robots is to help us learn more about the complex fluid mechanics that fish use to propel themselves.
Robotics: Robot Art: Clayton Bailey - Bailey has built over 100 life-sized robot sculptures out of found objects. He says, "I like to build beauties and monsters. I want to build robots that entertain and educate." VR tours.
JPL Robotics - Read about real robots being developed at the Jet Propulsion Lab.
Bomb Squad - Robots are taking on hazardous duties and their capabilities are evolving rapidly. What might they be capable of in the next century? Take a trip into the world of robots. From NOVA.
Kismet: A Robot for Social Interactions with Humans - We are exploring how socially situated learning is served by exploiting the types of interaction that arise between a nurturing caretaker and an immature learner. For us, the learner is an anthropomorphic robotic platform. Its primary sensory inputs include vision, audition, and joint rotation of its degrees of freedom. Its outputs include vocalizations, head and eye orientation, and facial expressions.
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Lego Mindstorms - Lego company's site, with technical support and invention ideas for Mindstorm enthusiasts.
Furby Autopsy - Did your Furby die after about 3 days of totally obnoxious behavior? Here's complete instructions on how to take him apart and see how he worked.
VIRTUAL ROBOTS ONLINE
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Robotics: Sensing, Thinking, Acting - Control a robot using the arrow keys on your keyboard. Debate robotics and ethics. Learn about the history of robotics. From TheTech Museum.
Amorphic Body Works - You'll have fun looking at these virtual reality robot performances and RealAudio videos.
Where in the World is Xavier, the Robot? - Some of you have noticed that Xavier isn't on-line as much as he used to be. That is because he is working in the Field Robotics
Center helping to build things.
BOOKS ABOUT ROBOTICS
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Robotic Explorations: An Introduction to Engineering Through Design (Fred G. Martin) - Covers sensors, motors, gears, and mechanism as well as control, handy board design, construction techniques, DC motor and more.
Robots For Kids: Exploring New Technologies For Learning (Allison Druin) - Essays by children are included that discuss their first-hand experiences and ideas about robots.
Building Robots With Lego Mindstorms: The Ultimate Tool For Mindstorms Maniacs (Mario Ferrari) - The LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System (RIS) has been called “the most creative play system ever developed.” This book unleashes the full power and potential of the tools, bricks, and components that make up LEGO Mindstorms. Some of the world's leading LEGO Mindstorms inventors share their knowledge and development secrets.
Creative Projects With Lego Mindstorms (Benjamin Erwin) - Ideas for creative projects using LEGO Mindstorms brand building tools for young adults and professionals.
Jin Sato's Lego Mindstorms: The Master's Technique (Jin Sato) - Step-by-step instructions show you how to build five fascinating robots, including the author's famous robotic dog.