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!

Summer Calendar of Events & Activities

A.I. & I in the Future Challenge

July 1 – 25, 2021
(On Your Own)

Have you enjoyed reading about robots? Do you also enjoy crafting creative stories? Prepare to embrace the unknown as a writer of the future! You are officially challenged to write your own version of the future and craft the next great A.I. (artificial intelligence) story with robots at the helm! Your mission is to write a short story where you build your own world and create your own characters, including robots! We’ve got some guides to help get your ideas sorted, but the rest is up to your creative imagination. This challenge comes with a prize! The top three stories will receive a tin can robot making kit or a choice of one of our robot book club books!

AUDIENCE: Middle school students

FEE: Free

Tech Talk with Roboticist
Gil Weinberg

July 22, 2021
6 p.m.
(Online)

Do you have questions about robots and wonder what it would be like to work with and make robots everyday? Join us for an online chat with Gil Weinberg, Professor and Founding Director of Georgia Tech’s Center for Music Technology! Weinberg’s projects include a prosthetic robotic arm, which restores and enhances human drumming abilities for amputees. He’s presented his work worldwide at venues such as The Kennedy Center and the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the TED-Ed online lesson series. In addition, Weinberg’s research focuses on developing artificial creativity and musical expression for robots and augmented humans. So come learn, ask questions, and be inspired!

AUDIENCE: Designed for adults, high school students

FEE: Free with advance registration

Underwater Dreams
A Film Screening

July 30 – August 1, 2021
(Online)

End the summer with a weekend of inspiration! Just as we have journeyed through the summer on a quest to understand, celebrate, create robots, Underwater Dreams, written and directed by Mary Mazzio and narrated by Micheal Pena, details the mission undertaken by sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts and compete on a national stage. Will they accomplish their goal? Let’s watch to find out! Register and we’ll send you a link to access a screening of Underwater Dreams anytime from Friday, July 30th – Sunday, August 1st.
[image credit: 50 Eggs Films]

AUDIENCE: Middle school age and up

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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