Boston Dynamics Robots – Update

As many of you know, my preschool children love the robots from Boston Dynamics.  Last year it all started when I accidentally found this video:

Children were over the moon.  We watched this video every day, and children began to identify with the robots.  It grew, with so many questions about science and technology.  Boston Dynamics engineers Katy and Justine Zoomed with the children to talk about science, technology, engineering, math (S.T.E.M.), and of course the robots.  We connected!

Then, they were on 60 Minutes, and a parent sent this adorable photo of their child watching robot Atlas:

Because the interest in robots was so strong last year, we decided to have a unit on robots this year.  The children fell in love with robot Atlas, and they are just as curious and interested in the science and technology as the children were last year.

S.T.E.M. is a big deal!  This is how we build future engineers and scientists.
Thank you Boston Dynamics for inspiring the next generation.

So, we built our very own robot and named him Atlas.  He was bigger than the children, and made from boxes and recycled items.  Children wanted to write their very own Atlas story.  Boston Dynamics loved the story, and we mailed it to them.

From Natalie, the Product Marketing Manager at Boston Dynamics:

“Hi Jennie, we did receive the letter and Katy actually presented it as part of a company all-hands meeting. Everyone loved it! Thanks for all that you do to teach your kids about robots :)”

Oh My Goodness!  Katy the engineer presented the children’s letter to the company at an all-hands meeting, and everyone loved it.  I am overwhelmed, proud of my students, and very thankful to Boston Dynamics.

Jennie

P.S. On a side note, here is their Super Bowl commercial.  If you’re from Boston, you’ll love it.  The yellow dog is Spot.  My children love Spot as much as Atlas.

About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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49 Responses to Boston Dynamics Robots – Update

  1. srbottch says:

    It’s a rewarding feeling to know people far removed from a preschool classroom show their appreciation for what goes on in those classrooms, especially when it’s a reflection of the work they do. Good work, Jennie.

  2. Great post, Jennie. Loved the Samual Adams part too.

  3. Jim Borden says:

    what a great way to get children excited about technology. and how nice that your letter was read at a meeting! and the Super Bowl commercial is a great one, and I’m not even from Boston 🙂

  4. This is thrilling, Jennie. 😊

  5. Ritu says:

    That is fantastic, the children must have felt so excited to hear about that! 💜

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m glad the company reached back out to you. It’s great when the kids and you get a payoff. I enjoyed the class story as well about Atlas. (Your printing is impeccable!) 😊

    • Jennie says:

      I’m so glad they did, too! I’m secretly hoping they send the children a letter… but just knowing they read the children’s story to the whole Boston Dynamics team is super cool.

      Did you see that the children wanted to start their story with “It happened like this”, which is the opening to a Jennie Story, which means they wanted their Atlas story to be important. That was a big deal for the children.

      As to the printing, picture this: the paper is on the big table, and at least six children are pressed against me as I write. I say every letter and word out loud as I write it. That cements letter and word recognition, and more importantly it gives value to their words. Somehow I have mastered writing sideways with children all over me. I wouldn’t have it any other way!

      • petespringerauthor says:

        It would have been nice for them to write the kids, but that may not always be practical. I’m well-trained by now. I can spot a Jennie story straight away. 😊

      • Jennie says:

        Haha! Yes, there’s definitely a Jennie story brewing. I’ll let you know if they write, but I don’t think that will happen. Just knowing they actually read it to everyone is quite exciting.

  7. beetleypete says:

    So nice to see such a big company engaging with the kids and the school. It makes me want to buy one of their robots! 🙂 (Shame I can’t afford to.)
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Jennie says:

      It was a wonderful surprise for us. Looking back, a company that gives their robots a name tells me they ‘get it’. And, they do. They’re brilliant, innovative, and real. They care about the next generation, like the Aqua Roomers. Spot the dog costs $75,000. Heaven only knows what Atlas costs. Best to you, Pete.

  8. I’ll bet the kids were thrilled that their letter got such a good reception.

  9. A great way to get them engaged in STEM. 🙂

  10. How exciting for the children and you! You never know you may be the catalyst to a great future engineer. I loved the commercial. 😀

  11. willedare says:

    You are planting seeds of curiosity and passion and engagement in your classroom from which all sorts of amazing things are likely to grow, Jennie!

  12. Luanne says:

    Wow, that is so very cool, Jennie! Did the kids understand the impact it made?

  13. Darlene says:

    I love Spot the dog. So pleased they read the letter and commented on it. Even though it is a robotics company, it is obviously run by humans with hearts!

  14. quiall says:

    Intrigued minds are creative minds. Creative adults come from creative children.

  15. Carla says:

    I always love when a person or company acknowledge children when they take the time and effort to respond. I watched the Superbowl, but missed that commercial. Thanks for sharing.

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