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Topical Tuesdays: Rise of the Robots – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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This news article is all about robots. A robotics company in Massachusetts, USA, called Boston Dynamics, has created ‘the world’s most dynamic humanoid robot’. His name is Atlas.

You might not think it to look at him, but Atlas is an exceptional gymnast, as a recent video of him shows.

This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:

  • Debate whether we should stop trying to make robots and AI smarter at any point. Is there a danger they’ll become smart enough to try to take over?
  • Write instructions for safely performing a forward roll. Imagine your instructions will be converted to computer code to programme a robot to perform the manoeuvre.
  • Imagine you are a robot with feelings. Write a diary entry about the day you were programmed to do a handstand.
  • Investigate how robots are helping humans today, and pick one to write an account about.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to schools.theweekjunior.co.uk.

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