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How I Learned to Stop Fearing the Nanobot

April 21, 2009

Vrylena Olney

Kim Duncan recently posted a nice adaptation of the Shrinking Robots! program for children's museum audiences.

The original program explores robots, how small robots are today, and the challenges in creating nano-sized robots ("nanobots"). The activity as posted is about an hour long, including a presentation and a craft activity. Kim simplified the learning goals for a younger audience and tweaked the structure a bit to fit into a "science story time" program at the Madison Children's Museum. The adaptation includes a reading of the story "Hello, Robots" by Bob Staake and some lessons learned about printing onto avery postcards.

Rae Ostman will be presenting the adapted program at the Association of Children's Museums Conference in Philadelphia next week.