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Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World - Episode 3: The Robot

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This is a video question set to accompany the third episode of the PBS Series (also available on Amazon Prime Video)

Breakthrough: The Ideas That Changed the World [TV-PG]

In episode 3, Locutus of Borg tells the story of the development of the robot. Well, Patrick Stewart is the series narrator, so... close enough!

Experts Jim Meigs (Science Writer), Jim Al-Khalili (Physicist), Liang Zhipeng (Engineer and Musician), Sydney Padua (Graphic Novelist), Chris Burton (Electrical Engineer), Jennifer Trosper (Aerospace Engineer), Danielle George (Radio Frequency Engineer), Owen Holland (Robotics Scientist), Rodney Brooks (Robotics Engineer), Johannes Englsberger (Robotics Engineer), and Giorgio Matar (Robotics Scientist) tell the story of how the robot came to be, and where it seems to be heading next.

It involves the ancient legend of Hephaestus and rudimentary Greek automatons,

a device that could learn a new tune and repeat it exactly, a desire to produce navigation tables by steam, the linguistic contribution of a Slavic cubist painter, the breakthrough of storage for programs, an imitation game, an electronic tortoise, a mission to Mars, a nuclear disaster in Japan, and the challenges of balance and hands.

Episode 3 "breakthrough celebrities" include Alan Turing, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, Hero of Alexandria, William Grey Walter, The Banû Mûsâ brothers.

INTERVIEW: ‘Breakthrough’ looks at the ideas that changed the world {Hollywood Soapbox]

This set includes 39 questions that students can answer during a single, uninterrupted viewing of the episode.

Lessons of Phyz advantages:

  • A heavy font ensures high legibility even in dim lighting
  • Questions are designed to be answered while the video plays—quick, simple responses keep students engaged without requiring deep reflection that would take them out of the presentation
  • Question types are mixed: fill-in-the-blank, multiple choice, check lists, and short answer are common; in some cases, matching or sequencing.
  • Certain moments in a documentary merit undivided attention. No questions have been placed in those moments.
  • "Play to the buzzer": Whenever possible, the last question in the set is answered during the last seconds of the video.
  • I am a classroom teacher who has designed these resources for use with my students.
  • If you find competing products online, by all means check them out. They may be cheaper; they may be free. None of them will be as professional, polished, or classroom-ready as this one.

April 2020 UPDATE: In addition to the printable PDFs of the student blank and answer key, a Google Docs version of the student document now included for easier distance learning use.

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2 Student Pages & 2 Key Pages
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Teaching Duration
55 minutes
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