Can A Thousand Tiny Swarming Robots Outsmart Nature?

Kilobots, made from only $15 worth of parts, work together to achieve a group goal. The video explains how with a few simple lines of programming, these tiny robots tackle tasks in much the same way animals or cells have for centuries. With no one in charge, scientists learn to improve the coding and hopefully, one day, cure cancer.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Add emergent behavior to pupils' vocabulary lists
  • Discuss animals and insects that act as swarms to accomplish great things
Classroom Considerations
  • Video fits when studying animals in groups, robotics, programming, nanotechnology, or the future of medicine
Pros
  • Short video does not require much class time
  • Works well in traditional or flipped classrooms
Cons
  • None