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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 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

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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Doc Zone Roboticize Me Classroom Favourites

A robot revolution is upon us. And it’s guaranteed to change the way we see ourselves. Robots have become our colleagues, even our companions. Some look like animals or toys. But others look disturbingly like us. All of them have been developed to act like us, feel and think like us. Why? What’s driving our need to develop intelligent and ...
  • 2015
  • 00:43:03
  • 15-17
  • Added on: 04/01/2015

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

As It Happens 3D Printing and the $350 Robotic Arm

3D-printed robotic arm for six-year old: $350. The ability to hug mom: priceless. Alex Pring was born missing his right arm from just above the elbow. The cost of a traditional robotic limb, which would have to be replaced as Alex grows, has a hefty price tag. But now, thanks to Albert Manero and his team of aerospace engineering students, ...
  • 2014
  • 00:06:40
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/08/2014

The Nature of Things Supercar, Building the Car of the Future

With rising fuel prices and growing environmental concerns, never before has it been so urgent to imagine what next year’s car model might look like. But there is hope. All over the world there are people trying to figure out how to build an environmentally and socially sound version of the car. Join engineering professor Brian Fleck on a quest to ...
  • 2009
  • 00:44:24
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 06/14/2013

The Passionate Eye The Kill List

Unmanned aerial vehicles, drones, have become President Barack Obama's weapon of choice. For a war-weary nation distracted by domestic issues like the faltering economy, drones ensure no U.S. casualties, but also no end to the debate about their legality. From Pakistan and Afghanistan to Yemen and Somalia, drones are used to kill enemies considered to be a significant threat to ...
  • 2012
  • 00:41:04
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 06/14/2013