WE’RE CELEBRATING the spirit of innovation in honor of National Robotics Week! Get your kids excited about science with these writing prompts about robots.
1. Meet Harvey & Simon
Choose one of the real-world robots from this set of free trading cards. Write a story about this amazing machine, using at least three of the following phrases: slippery slope, wild stampede, medal of honor, heat wave, orphan boy, computer hacker, and user manual.
2. Clean Sweep
A ladies’ magazine has announced a contest for the best original robot to help with a household chore. Describe your entry and the ways it will make housekeeping easier.
3. Life and Death Lists
In science fiction, The Three Laws of Robotics begin with this rule: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm. Make a list of books, movies, and comic strips that follow this rule. Make a second list of stories that break the rule. Which are your favorites?
4. Invisible Friends
Today’s medical engineers are developing nanobots small enough to travel through the human bloodstream. These tiny robots can carry medicines to hard-to-reach areas of the body such as brain tissues. Imagine you are a medical nanobot, and write a journal entry about a day in your life.
5. The Workforce of Tomorrow
In your opinion, should we develop robots to replace human jobs in factories, warehouses, and fast food restaurants? Why or why not?
Be sure to check back each week for more Writing Prompt Wednesdays!