Assistive Care Robots

Designed for grades 7 & 8, this unit integrates engineering, math, science, technology, humanities and arts, social science, and sense of place. Students design innovation and creativity solutions to the challenge that in 2030, a third of Hawaii’s population will be over the age of 60. With the demand for healthcare rising, assistive robot can perform physical tasks and/or provide social interaction to improve health and psychological wellbeing of elderly.

Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Social Studies (C3), Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o

Community Partner(s)

Students interview seniors living in local nursing homes for this unit.

Essential Question

What role can robotic technologies play in assistive care for seniors in my home and in my community?

Enduring Understanding

The engineering design process is a series of steps engineers use to come up with a solution to a problem and involves a cycle of background research, setting limits, brainstorm and design, and testing.

  • Engineers work cooperatively in teams to accomplish a task.
  • Robot systems require troubleshooting and maintenance to ensure safe and proper   operation.
  • Sensors allow robots to interact with the physical world.
  • Robots are designed to perform dull and repetitive jobs.
  • Robotic technologies can provide an improvement to health and psychological well-being to people.

Learner Level Middle

Primary Content Engineering, Math, Science, Technology, Art & Performing Arts, Social Studies