Engineering is Exploring Space with Shape Shifting Robots


  • Engineering is Exploring Space with Shape Shifting Robots | E-book

    Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the new media-rich e-book from QUEST, Engineering Is Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots details the process for how researchers and engineers are designing these new space-exploring robots. The e-book contains a video that shows the engineering design process for the tensegrity robots as well as a Science Spotlight video that describes how students can make their own tensegrity models using just straws and rubber bands. A Career Spotlight video about a robotics engineer at NASA Ames rounds out the media collection in this e-book.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots | Engineering Is

    How can a child's toy influence the creation of the robots that we send into space? Well, these robots are expensive (they cost billions of dollars), and the cheaper we can make them, the more we can send to explore more previously unexplored areas. That's where Alice Agogino, a professor of mechanical engineering, and her lab at the University of California, Berkeley come in. They're working with Vytas SunSpiral and his team at the Dynamic Tensegrity Robotics Lab at the NASA Ames Research Center to develop a robot that is lightweight, sturdy and inexpensive to make, just like the child's toy they were modeled after. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Science Spotlight: How to Build a Model of a Future Space-Exploring Robot

    Learn how to make a model of a tensegrity robot with CaT Bobino using just straws and rubber bands. 

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: Robotics Engineer

    Ever wanted to travel to space? NASA engineer Maria Bualat might not get to fly to space herself, but she does get to send robots there! As a robotics engineer at the NASA Ames Research Center in California, she develops robotics systems for space exploration. She is currently designing a free-flying robot to help the International Space Station to conduct inspections and check air quality. Bualat knew she wanted to become a robotics engineer in seventh grade after reading an article about NASA women engineers.

    Grades: 6-12

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