SCRATCHbot

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The SCRATCHbot is an unusual kind of robot. It does not have eyes! Instead, it uses touch to find its way around. It does this by using whiskers to feel what is ...

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Overview

Every great invention begins with a great idea! Read all the books in this series and learn about the history and impact of some of the most fascinating innovations and inventions of our time. Explore the idea's early stages of development, problems encountered along the way, and how each great has influenced our lives.

The SCRATCHbot is an unusual kind of robot. It does not have eyes! Instead, it uses touch to find its way around. It does this by using whiskers to feel what is around it, in the same way that rats and some other animals do. The scientists who invented the SCRATCHbot hope that it will help them learn more about how animals use the sense of touch. They also hope that someday it will be useful in building robots that can go places, such as a burning building, where vision cannot be used.

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Read SCRATCHbot to learn these interesting facts and more about robots:

Rats remember what they learn by touching things with their whiskers.

SCRATCHbot's whiskers are four times as long as a real rat's whiskers.

Touch sensitive robots are used today for search and rescue.

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Gr 4–6—All four topics are of the moment and at least one subject is completely new: a SCRATCHbot is a robot rat that uses whiskers to feel its way around. It is used to help researchers study animals. Similarly formatted, the titles offer a wealth of interesting information, including the history and usefulness of each topic. A first look at the large type makes the books seem to be geared for a younger audience than they actually are. While this might be a slight deterrent to potential audiences, these series offerings are well worth consideration. The lively texts are complemented by myriad "Did You Know?" boxes and different colored pages of side information. Each book is peppered with clear, current photographs, useful websites, and complete indexes. Students do not need prior knowledge to appreciate these worthy titles.—Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603570794
  • Publisher: Norwood House Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2011
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Meet the Robot Rat 4

Chapter 2 An Idea Becomes a Robot 13

Chapter 3 The SCRATCHbot Can Help the World 25

Chapter 4 The SCRATCHbot Moves into the Future 36

Glossary 45

For More Information 46

Index 47

Picture Credits 48

About the Author 48

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