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Cracking the Code Programming robots to play football

Two young coders find out about the instructions that tell robots what to do, looking at the code that operates both a robot football team and an ICub robot that is capable of learning new things. Science reporter Minna Kane takes them to Plymouth University to meet the Black Ninjas, a robot football team who play in the robot World ...
  • 2013
  • 00:08:54
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Programming a robotic toy car

A primary school class codes a set of instructions to tell a robotic toy car to drive to a specific location on a town plan. They will use just three instructions – FORWARD, TURN 90 DEGREES RIGHT, TURN 90 DEGREES LEFT – to get the car to its destination without hitting any shops. They try it on the classroom floor ...
  • 2013
  • 00:05:15
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 09/03/2019

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Cracking the Code Programming a robot crocodile

A class build a Lego crocodile and use Raspberry Pi computers and the Scratch programming language to make it snap its jaws! Science presenter Minna Kane explains how you can plug your keyboard and monitor into a tiny Raspberry Pi computer and use open source coding software to program it. We see a primary school class build model crocodiles out ...
  • 2013
  • 00:04:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/21/2019

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The National Robot-assisted surgery brings precision, problems

Robot-assisted surgery is revolutionizing the medical industry, with the first such procedure performed in Canada earlier this year, but there are still concerns around the risks and the costs.
  • 2019
  • 00:02:54
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/04/2019

The National What will our jobs look like when employers go droid?

Robots are getting smarter, and the consequences are becoming harder to predict. Who loses their jobs? Which industries are vulnerable? Kim Brunhuber explores the robot revolution.
  • 2019
  • 00:04:47
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/26/2019

The National Marijuana and fashion rolled together in budding industry

The National takes a look at how brands are beginning to develop and promote their cannabis as lifestyle products, often with female consumers in mind.
  • 2018
  • 00:04:00
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/03/2018

The National Search for housing solutions on Piikani Nation turns to tiny homes

A search for a solution to the Piikani Nation reserve's housing crisis has turned to a pilot project for tiny homes.
  • 2018
  • 00:02:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 07/03/2018

The National Stopping killer robots before they get to us first

Stopping killer robots before they get to us first sounds like fiction, but experts fear they could be a reality in the very near future. This month, governments convened in Geneva at the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons to discuss concerns over lethal autonomous weapons systems, also known as “killer robots.” The National takes a look at the advancements in technology, what ...
  • 2018
  • 00:05:24
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/02/2018

The National ViewPoint | Self-driving cars and moral dilemmas

Self-driving cars must be programmed to consider moral dilemmas, reports technology futurist and researcher Jesse Hirsh. These robots on wheels will doubtlessly face scenarios where human life will be at risk, so among other considerations, Jesse argues that car companies will need to allow transparency around programming cars for moral decisions.
  • 2017
  • 00:02:39
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/28/2017

We Are Canada We Are Canada, Episode 2

A former athlete-turned champion of alternative medical research after an MS diagnosis, a ground-breaking intuitive robotic arm, and an ingenious venture to help those with cognitive needs. In this episode: Nadia Hamilton, Crystal Phillips and Charles DeGuire.
  • 2017
  • 00:44:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/19/2017

The National Teaching Coding Through Robotics

A team of Harvard engineers has come up with a fun way to get kids hooked on coding. Starting with simple pictograms, students set responses to certain stimuli that determine the movements of a robot named Root. When they become comfortable working with pictures, the program introduces text-based coding. With this tool, even children who don't yet know how to ...
  • 2016
  • 00:05:11
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 07/27/2016

Disrupting Design Disrupting Design, Episode 4

Host Matt Galloway delves into civic infrastructure and the grand project of reimagining Union Station. It's the busiest building in Canada, with 250,000 people pouring through its doors every day. A team of architects and designers are trying to transform the thoroughfare into a destination by adding eateries, retail, the capacity for pop-up cultural events and artistic programming – all ...
  • 2016
  • 00:21:08
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/18/2016

Disrupting Design Disrupting Design, Episode 3

This episode of Disrupting Design catches up with Jason Nolan, director of Ryerson University's Responsive Ecologies Lab and an autistic self-advocate, to talk about some of his design prototypes for special needs children (such as a rocker that encourages self-stimulatory behaviours in autistic children). It also looks at the new Bridgepoint Active Healthcare building to consider whether or not architecture can change ...
  • 2016
  • 00:21:23
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 05/09/2016

Engineering Connections Sydney Opera House

Richard Hammond climbs to the top of Sydney's iconic Opera House to unlock the engineering connections behind one of the most instantly recognizable buildings in the world. He reveals how an architect's sketch, rejected by the design competition jury, was transformed into concrete and glass through trailblazing building techniques inspired by a First World War gas mask, a set of ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 04/20/2016

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Engineering Connections Millau Sky Bridge

Richard Hammond reveals the engineering inspirations behind the tallest road bridge in the world: the Millau Viaduct in France. He fires three quarters of a million volts from his finger tips to see how the power of lightning cut the steel structure quickly and accurately. The huge piers – 340 metres high, and which would look down on the Eiffel ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:02
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/20/2016

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Disrupting Design Disrupting Design, Episode 1

In the first episode of CBC Arts' Disrupting Design, host Matt Galloway looks at innovations in academic architecture (the new Student Centre at Ryerson University), bicycle design (the electric Revelo Flex), and programmable matter (interactive flying microbots callede BitDrones).
  • 2016
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/04/2016

Disrupting Design Disrupting Design, Episode 2

Episode 2 follows the designers working on the Under Gardiner project that tries to transform the under-utilized space below Toronto's elevated expressway; the Calgary design team that created the Belly of a Bear for the Winter Stations Design Competition; and the two architecture students that conceived Flux, an interactive space that uses smart materials to encourage people to experience a tactile ...
  • 2016
  • 00:21:53
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 04/01/2016

News in Review - March 2016 ​Driverless Cars: Giving up ​C​ontrol in the ​F​ast​ ​Lane

The automobile: the first one was built about 130 years ago and today it's estimated there are 1.2 billion of them worldwide. They've changed how and where we live, work, shop and play. We've rebuilt our cities to accommodate them and created vast industries to build, fuel and service them. So it's no surprise that for young people around the ...
  • 2016
  • 00:16:34
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/17/2016

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Eco-Engineering Sun Engine

With fluctuating energy prices and concerns over global warming, solar power as a renewable energy is being seen in a new, more urgent light. We will explore the emerging world of Concentrated Solar Power (CSP), an evolving technology that concentrates the sun’s rays to heat liquid to extreme temperatures, in turn creating the power for electricity. New solar fields going ...
  • 2008
  • 00:47:35
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/15/2016

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Eco-Engineering Power Tower: The Bahrain World Trade Centre

Two 50-story glass ‘sails’ rise 780 feet into the sky, creating one of the tallest buildings in the Middle East. This unique architectural marvel is powered by a revolutionary new means for a building this size – wind! It is the world’s first large-scale integration of wind turbines in a skyrise, with three massive turbines – each 95 feet in ...
  • 2007
  • 00:47:32
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/15/2016

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Engineering Connections Airbus A380

Richard Hammond sets out on a quest to find the amazing Engineering Connections behind the Airbus A380, the largest passenger airliner in history. His journey reveals that this state-of-the-art aircraft owes as much to weapons of war, Mother Nature and household objects as it does to high technology. He discovers that a bicycle pump, a 19th century rocket, an ancient ...
  • 2007
  • 00:47:36
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/15/2016

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Engineering Connections Guggenheim Bilbao

Richard Hammond visits a building described as the ‘greatest of our time’ – the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Spain – to find out which Engineering Connections made this iconic building possible. He finds out how a visionary architect transformed a decaying city into a vibrant tourist hub with his futuristic building. But it would not have been possible without a volcano, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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Engineering Connections Ocean Airport

Richard Hammond reveals the startling Engineering Connections behind Hong Kong International Airport, one of the busiest and biggest in the world, sited on a specially constructed island. Then the world's largest construction project, it drew inspiration from a 13th century Arab irrigation machine to create new land, and a WWII bomber and car suspension to make the terminal building light, ...
  • 2009
  • 00:47:00
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 01/13/2016

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News in Review - March 2015 ​Drones: Military or Mainstream?

So, are drones a toy or a weapon? It turns out they're both. A few years back they entered our consciousness as a weapon of war but their use has rapidly expanded. Multiple industries employ them to search hard to reach places, while hobbyists are eager to get a bird's eye view of just about anything. But as with many ...
  • 2015
  • 00:15:30
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 03/17/2015

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The National HitchBOT the Hitchhiking Robot

A hitchhiking robot is attempting to travel across Canada relying on the kindness (and curiosity) of strangers. The tiny talking robot has embarked on what is hoped to be a 6,000 km trek from Halifax to Victoria. HitchBOT is entirely dependent on human beings for its survival. It's part of a Canadian research project looking into the evolving relationship between ...
  • 2014
  • 00:07:07
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/27/2014