Robot Revival: A Family Book Club Bonanza - Science ATL

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Robot Revival

A Family Book Club Bonanza

During the months of June and July we will pair captivating and exploratory activities, events, and challenges with science-based books the entire family can enjoy! This multigenerational program will provide reading material for various age groups, centered around the same themes, for a collective and fun learning experience! This series theme is robots and the wild! We will explore robotics technology, sentience, and how to adapt to the present while creating a better future for all!

Check out our book list, register for the book club (which includes reading guides for all book discussions), and sign up to join our summer robotics events!

June Calendar of Events

More events to come in July!

Reading robot

Deciphering Robotics: An Interactive How-To Guide

Illuminate your understanding of the awe-inspiring world of robotics and rev up for our summer book club bonanza! In Deciphering Robotics: An Interactive How-To Guide, you will be guided on this excursion to identify and match robotics vocab and terminology to topics that spurred the human desire to create our mechanic helpers and the different robots disguised in everyday life. Then you will record your observations using a vocabulary word template to aid with the following activity as we journey further through the realm of robotics!

AUDIENCE: Designed for families with children ages 5 and up

FEE: Free with book club registration

Walking, intelligent robot

Roboticists Reboot!

Friday, June 18, 2021
6-8pm
Coan Park Pavilion, Atlanta, GA
(In Person)

Come learn about the fascinating and integral parts that make a robot whole! Using upcycled materials, you’ll represent the control system, sensors, actuators, power supply, and end effectors needed to make our robot innovations come to life! Then you’ll identify a need you are passionate about solving and artistically arrange the main elements to engineer a robot of your own. Once your robot has a name and habitat of your choosing, we’ll post all about them on Science ATL social media. And who knows…maybe your robot character will star in your next novel!

Drop in anytime between 6-8 for some cyborg creative time! Make an evening of it and bring a picnic dinner, play on the playground and enjoy a fun Friday night with science!

AUDIENCE: Designed for families with children ages 5 and up

FEE: $5.45/person ($5 fee + $0.45 City of Atlanta sales tax)

Spider robot

Wildly Intelligent Biorobotics Challenge

Tuesday, June 29, 2021
7-8pm
(Online)

Join Jennifer Swanson, the award-winning author of the children’s book Beastly Bionics: Rad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature.  She’ll share about robot technology, engineering, and biomimicry inspired by nature to inspire and give you the tools to succeed in your robotics quest! Your challenge (if you choose to accept): mix and match the ideas she shares to create a new, problem-solving futuristic robot! You’ll use what you’ve learned from the books we’ve read to combine your newfound understanding of robots and animal behavior to design the robot of your wildest dreams!

AUDIENCE: Designed for families with children ages 5-10

FEE: Free with advance registration

Summer Book List

We’ve pulled together an exciting list of books about robots for every member of the family – whether you are a family of 2, 5 or 10, or even just flying solo! No need to read them all, but if you are a super-reader, go to town! Snag whatever books you are interested in from your local public library (or we’ve also linked each book for purchase from our friends at Little Shop of Stories). And don’t forget to register for the book club so you get our reading guides! We’ll have questions, prompts and resources for every reader to be able to contribute to the conversation around books!

Little Robot

Little Robot
by Ben Hatke

(Early Readers)

The Wild Robot

The Wild Robot
by Peter Brown

(Middle Grade/ Read-aloud for Early Readers)

The Wild Robot Escapes
by Peter Brown

(Middle Grade/ Read-aloud for Early Readers)

Keeper of the Isis Light
by Monica Hughes

(Middle Grade/Young Adult Readers)

The Last Human
by Lee Bacon

(Middle Grade/Young Adult Readers)

The Diabolic
by S.J. Kincaid

(Young Adult Readers)

The Empress

The Empress
(The Diabolic #2)

by S.J. Kincaid

(Young Adult Readers)

The Nemesis
(The Diabolic #3)

by S.J. Kincaid

(Young Adult Readers)

Life’s Edge

Life’s Edge: The Search for What It Means to Be Alive
by Carl Zimmer

(Adult Readers)

I, Robot

I, Robot
by Isaac Asimov

(Adult Readers)

Society of the Mind
by Eric L. Harry

(Adult Readers)

AI in the Wild
by Peter Dauvergne

(Adult Readers)

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