Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
Toyota's humanoid robot
The Robots and Artificial Intelligence blog says this video received more than 600,000 views and over 800 comments after it was posted recently. Apparently, popular movies such as Terminator and Transformers sparked plenty of comments about how evil robots were poised to take over the world.
■Class discussion: Advances in robotics are fascinating to watch. This robot by Toyota is in competition with ASIMO, a four-foot mechanical masterpiece built by Honda. Last year ASIMO even helped conduct a symphony orchestra. So, what makes robotics so scary for some people? What kind of advancement would get you excited about robotics?