The Bowmar Builders are an FLL team associated with Bowmar Elementary School. The purpose of this blog is to help other students interested in robotics to learn from what we have learned. As an FLL Robotics team we use the Lego EV3 robotics system and the Mindstorms graphical programming language.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Review of "My First Guide To Robots" by Katherine Clay

By Donovan B.


This book is about robots. It talks about some of the history of robots and what they can do.

History of Robots

the word "Robot" was not created until 1920. In 1920 Karel Capek wrote about machines that acted like humans. He called them robota,which means “worker” in the Czech language.

Factories began using robots in the 1960s. Unimate was a big robotic arm. The robot stacked metal plates in a car factory.

Examples of Robots

Today factory robots can do many more advanced jobs.Some robots use tiny”fingers” to tighten bolts and fix computer parts. Robots are not limited to factory work. Robots on farms can feed and milk cows. AgAnts are small robots that work in fields. Groups of AgAnts swarm together to pull out weeds.

FUN FACT:A robot named Smart Restaurant chops onions and tomatoes. Then it helps build up to 360 burgers per hour.


Robots are used for many jobs that they can do better than humans. For example, things that need to be done over and over again.


Clay, K. (2015) "My Guide to Robots". Capstone Press, North Mankato, Minnesota

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