Topic 5 Activities

Objective: to comprehend robots’ affordances and limitations by developing their critical thinking skills and observing behaviors and actions.

Duration: 30 minutes

Materials: computers connected to audio, fact files or set of questions by teacher

Procedure:

  1. Students will watch this video – collection of sound effects recorder from the AI-based ASIMO robot (https://spectrum.ieee.org/honda-robotics-unveils-next-generation-asimo-robot)
  2. Students will take notes of the sounds made by the ASIMO robot while watching and report back. Feedback will be provided.
  3. Students are grouped in groups of 5 and are assigned one robot model. Each group watches one of the following videos.
  1. Then, they will discuss the content of the video and complete a short report file answering a set questions on the affordances of their robot based on the video.
  2. Students will then share with other groups the affordances of the robot their team was responsible for and will become aware of the different affordances of AI-based robots. Teacher could provide additional information regarding each robot model.

Objective: to comprehend robots’ affordances and limitations by developing their critical thinking skills and observing behaviors and actions.

Duration: 30 minutes

Materials: paper per group

Procedure:

  1. Teacher introduces the topic of robots, and works on song-writing practice exercise.
  2. Students are grouped in groups of five. They are asked to start working with teammeates in writing a song that highlights the capabilities and potential of AI-based robots. (Teacher should encourage students to consider different ways in which robots are being used in various fields such as education, medicine etc. and how AI is enabling further possibilities)
  3. Teacher can provide cues for references that can be used in the song (pictures pointing towards aspects of robots that can be mentioned, specific robot models mentioned etc.). Students can finish this exercise at home.

Challenge: the teacher asks student to write their songs using certain words relevant to robots/robotics taught in class.

Example song

  • Verse 1

Robots, robots, they’re the future tech.

Asimo, Atlas, they’re all in check. 

They walk, they run, they can even dance

 And some can even backflip by chance.

  • Chorus

Robots, robots,

they’re the machines of tomorrow

RoboCop, Terminator,

they’ll ease your sorrow

WALL-E, R2-D2,  they’ll save the day

They’re the robots that we love in every way

  • Outro

So let’s give it up for the robots,  they’re our friends

They’ll keep improving, never reaching their end

We’ll keep on loving them, ’cause they’re one of a kind

Robots, robots, they’re the future of our mind.

Practicing song writing exercise

Verse 1:

In the future, there’s a world that we know Where robots roam and they _____

With shiny metal and glowing lights

They move so ______, they’re a futuristic ______

Chorus:

Robots, robots, they’re everywhere we ______

From factories to space, they’re ______

They can do the ______ that we can’t do ______

Robots, robots, they’re the future we’ve ______

Verse 2:

Some are helpers, some are friends

They’ll ______ with us until the very ____

From _______ to _______

Robots are here, they’re reaching for ______

Bridge:

They may be made of ______ and _________

But they’ve got heart and soul, that much is clear

They may be programmed, but they’re still ________

Robots, robots, they’re the technology we _____

Chorus

Outro:

Robots, robots, they’re the future we’ve grown

They’ll keep on ______, and they’ll keep us _____

We may not know what the future _____

But we’ll keep on ________ to the robots’ bold.

Extended project idea: robot-themed music concert

Teachers can organize a music concert that features songs about AI-based robots, as well as performances by students.

Robotics teachers/specialists can be invited to showcase their robots, explain how they work and answer questions relating to AI-based robots. This can be a fun and engaging way to get students excited about the possibilities of AI-based robots.

Objective: to use decision trees to detect patterns of fraudulent behavior using a music-based scenario.

Duration: 30 minutes

Materials: Worksheet with decision tree diagram & questions guiding students, list of  sample music tracks

Procedure:

  1. Teacher introduces and explains the use of decision trees, noting their use in identifying patterns in data for fraud detection, in many cases, including music-related ones.
  2. Teacher introduces the music-based scenario: ‘’Investigating a music streaming service that is losing money due to fraudulent activity’’.
  3. Each student is provided with a worksheet that contains a decision tree diagram and questions to guide them through the decision-making process. The decision tree should have different branches that represent different scenarios and possible fraudulent behaviour patterns. For example, a branch may represent a user with multiple accounts or a user accessing songs from multiple geographic locations in an unreasonably short period of time.