Robots & People (NanoDays 2014)

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In the first part of the "Robots & People" program, visitors learn what robots and nanobots are, what they can do, and how they affect our lives. In the second part of the program, visitors imagine and draw a robot, designing it to do a particular task.


Big Idea

Robots and people influence each other.

Learning Goals

Explain that a robot is a machine that can sense, plan, and act.

Explain that nanobots would be robots the size of cell or molecules—but they don’t yet exist.

Give examples of some of the things people have created robots to do.

Describe how robots and people influence each other; for example: values shape the kinds of robots we create and use, robots can change the relationships between people, and robots are part of larger systems that include technological, political, social, and environmental components.

Nano Content Map
Nanometer-sized things are very small, and often behave differently than larger things do.
Nanotechnologies—and their costs, utility, risks, and benefits—are closely interconnected with society and with our values.


Year created

Developed for the NISE Network with funding from the National Science Foundation under Award Numbers 0532536 and 0940143. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.


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