Your Dream Personal Assistant
Every day we’re confronted with little problems and annoyances that we wish we could fix: did you forget to set your alarm and you woke up too late? Is your room a bit too messy and you can’t find your favorite t-shirt you wanted to wear? Or maybe your mom or dad is reminding you yet again to feed the cat – wouldn’t it be great if she could feed herself?
For this Extension Idea, brainstorm and write a list of 5 to 10 little problems or annoyances that happen around your house, neighborhood, or school. For each item on your list, ask yourself, could this be solved by a robot personal assistant? If so, what would the robot do?
Next, pick 1 of the problems or annoyances on your list – maybe it’s your favorite example or the one that’s most annoying. Draw a picture of the robot that could solve this problem. Questions to ask yourself as you’re drawing:
1. What function(s) does each part of your robot perform?
2. Does your robot have a personality? What is it like? Does it have a name, too?
3. What would be the most difficult part of the robot to build?
4. If you sell your robot, how much would it cost? (Think about the cost of the individual parts, and how they add up!)
If you’d like to send us a photo of your drawing, we’d love to see it! Please share it with us @ubtechedu #ubtechedu