Design and Technology KS3/4: Robotic engineering

Robots are human operated machines that can 'take the risk' for humans.

At Qinetiq, they are designed and built to reduce the risk to humans.

Originally they were used as bomb disposal tools.

Following talks with a new client, they are being modified to work for the London Fire Brigade.

A glimpse into the future where robots which were used on the battlefield could be used on the streets of the UK to deal with potentially harmful situations.

Teacher Notes

Could be used to introduce concepts of robotics and 'mechatronics' (electronic and mechanical control).

Learners might be asked to develop a design specification for each of the contexts described in the clip (bomb disposal and reconnaissance in burning buildings).

They might be prompted to focus on the function, sensors, control, communication, maintenance and protection for each scenario.

In addition to the practical application of robotics, the clip might be used to provide information, advice and guidance on careers in robotics and mechatronics.

Curriculum Notes

Relevant for teaching Design Technology OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS3, KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and fourth level, SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.