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.
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.