Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future

Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future

In factories! In the sky! In your cars and phones! In your own home! Robots are everywhere! And they have been for a lot longer than you might realize.From tea-serving robots in feudal Japan to modern rovers exploring Mars, robots have been humanity's partners, helpers, and protectors for centuries! Join one of the world's earliest robots, a mechanical bird named Pouli, as...

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Title:Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future
Author:Mairghread Scott
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Edition Language:English

Science Comics: Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future Reviews

  • Deborah

    Science Comics: Robots and Drones is a scientific graphic novel (non-fiction) that explores and illustrates the development of and daily use of robots and prototypes in our modern daily life. A robotic bird, is introduced, and it is the character that carries you throughout each page of the book, along with a bit of story telling and humor to capture interest along the way. This makes higher level learning possible, fun, and easy to absorb, as it explains concepts in entertaining ways. This is a

    Science Comics: Robots and Drones is a scientific graphic novel (non-fiction) that explores and illustrates the development of and daily use of robots and prototypes in our modern daily life. A robotic bird, is introduced, and it is the character that carries you throughout each page of the book, along with a bit of story telling and humor to capture interest along the way. This makes higher level learning possible, fun, and easy to absorb, as it explains concepts in entertaining ways. This is a high tech topic that will have high interest for avid readers, and even kids who struggle or need more visuals to stimulate their learning process. Expect anything from coffeemakers and robotic vacuum cleaners to drones. Easy to read, scientific information about this significant field is delivered in a non-threatening fun way. This will make scientific geeks out of anyone. The Get to Know Your Universe Science Comics series, especially Science Comics: Robots and Drones is highly recommended for school and public libraries, home education and for gifts. This review was for a pre-pub NetGalley edition for review.

  • Rosemary

    The latest volume of Science Comics takes a deeper look at robots. With Poulli, a birdlike robot that's also the first machine to ever fly through the sky (back in 350 BCE!), as our guide, readers get a guided tour through the history of robotics, and learn what is versus what isn't a robot. New, programmable coffeemakers? Robots! Remote-controlled cars - not really. Kids get a refresher on simple machines (levels and pulleys) and how those simple concepts formed the building blocks for more com

    The latest volume of Science Comics takes a deeper look at robots. With Poulli, a birdlike robot that's also the first machine to ever fly through the sky (back in 350 BCE!), as our guide, readers get a guided tour through the history of robotics, and learn what is versus what isn't a robot. New, programmable coffeemakers? Robots! Remote-controlled cars - not really. Kids get a refresher on simple machines (levels and pulleys) and how those simple concepts formed the building blocks for more complex machines, eventually leading to modern technology, robots, and drones. There's a focus on the good robots and drones can accomplish (for those techno-phobes who see The Terminator as our eventual future) and the human component of computer programming. Isaac Asimov, legendary scientist and science fiction writer who gave us the Three Laws of Robotics, gets some recognition here, too.

    There's a nice shout-out to libraries and after-school programs as places to go to learn more about getting into programming and robotics, and some cool pop culture nods that parents will recognize (Star Trek and KITT from Knight Rider, to name a couple). The artwork features diverse characters putting their learning into practice, and the history of robotics covers diverse areas of the world. Poulli is a friendly, cute guide that will appeal to readers, and the language - as with all Science Comics - is easy to understand but never dumbs down information.

    There's a Hall of Awesome Robots, spotlighting 25 robots from history; a closer look at how drones work, and a glossary of new terms to finish up the volume.

    Me? I immediately add the newest Science Comics to my shopping cart ; they're a great add for my "True Story" nonfiction section, where I put books that may get lost on the actual nonfiction shelves, but will grab attention on their own. Plus, my True Story section is next to my Graphic Novels shelf, so it's a win all around.

  • Cindy Hudson

    When I think of robots and drones, ancient Greece doesn’t come to mind. In fact, an early kind of robot called an automaton let Greek people drop in a coin to get water. In the 1600s Japan, a moveable robot could serve tea and collect empty cups. These stories and others covering past and present-day inventions are told in Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future by Mairghread Scott and Jacob Chabot.

    Part of the Science Comics graphic novel series, Robots and Drones provides a great introduct

    When I think of robots and drones, ancient Greece doesn’t come to mind. In fact, an early kind of robot called an automaton let Greek people drop in a coin to get water. In the 1600s Japan, a moveable robot could serve tea and collect empty cups. These stories and others covering past and present-day inventions are told in Robots and Drones: Past, Present, and Future by Mairghread Scott and Jacob Chabot.

    Part of the Science Comics graphic novel series, Robots and Drones provides a great introduction to young readers aged 9 to 12 about these gadgets and the role they play in our lives. It also encourages them to get into building their own through robotics groups and home kits. The narrator is a robotic bird that takes readers on a journey to help them learn how robotics work. It also imagines what some inventions will bring in the future, and encourages kids to dream up new ones. A glossary in the back defines the terminology.

    Robots and Drones does a great job of making science seem accessible, and it seems likely to encourage kids to get interested in learning more and experimenting on their own. I expect kids will love it.

    The publisher provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Pop Bop

    The Future Is Now!

    This volume is part of the "Science Comics" series. The series started with some predictable topics - dinosaurs, volcanoes, and so on - but it seems to be expanding to cover less obvious and more "scientific" topics. Upcoming titles address rockets, sharks, and trees, (not all in one book of course, although that could be a good book), which seems to cast the net fairly wide. I mention the series mostly because this "Robots and Drones" book was intriguing and rewarding enough t

    The Future Is Now!

    This volume is part of the "Science Comics" series. The series started with some predictable topics - dinosaurs, volcanoes, and so on - but it seems to be expanding to cover less obvious and more "scientific" topics. Upcoming titles address rockets, sharks, and trees, (not all in one book of course, although that could be a good book), which seems to cast the net fairly wide. I mention the series mostly because this "Robots and Drones" book was intriguing and rewarding enough to make the entire series potentially interesting.

    This book struck me as awfully ambitious. It isn't just photos, drawings and snappy patter. Unusual for a book like this, it has serious and substantive content first and jokey asides later. The tone is an engaging combination of earnest, gung-ho, and into-the-future!, which makes the book, (intentionally I think), both informative and inspirational.

    The layout is comic book style. There are generally three to six full color panels per page. Drawings are comics/realistic and usually illustrate or act out whatever fact or principle is being introduced. Our host/narrator is a bird named Pouli that is modeled after an ancient mechanical bird circa 350 BCE. This amiable guide leads the reader through the history of robotics and drones. Along the way we define what a "robot" is, (which is trickier and more subtle than you might imagine). We look at early robots, simple robots from day-to-day life, (i.e., arguably your coffeemaker and certainly your Roomba vacuum cleaner). We consider the differences among a remote controlled toy car, a computer, and a true robot.

    From there we take a side trip to simple machines of which a robot is constructed, (screw, lever, pulley), and consider automata, (say, the Jacquard loom). This is fairly sophisticated stuff, but it is presented and illustrated clearly. And so it goes - functional components, on-board intelligence, even different levels of programming and language are addressed. Artificial intelligence, robots in popular culture, do-it-yourself robot building, drone racing, "intelligent" houses, Asimov's rules of robotics - the list of topics goes on and on.

    It seems to me that any kid interested in robots, computers, engineering, drones, and the like would find a lot to like in this book. It is kid friendly, what with cheerful Pouli and its clear narrative, but the book is never patronizing. Some jokey/Dummies-style books can be overloaded with dumb jokes and puns and the like, but this book just has occasional "funny" bits that the reader can take or leave depending on his or her taste.

    So, this book was instructive, accessible, and entertaining, and covered a topic that you usually don't see that much, (compared to, say, sharks). I'd feel good about handing this to any budding scientist, or really to any kid interested in how things work.

    (Please note that I received a free advance will-self-destruct-in-x-days Adobe Digital copy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)

  • Janet

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher ---

    In factories! In the sky! In your cars and phones! In your own home! Robots are everywhere! And they have been for a lot longer than you might realize.

    From tea-serving robots in feudal Japan to modern rovers exploring Mars, robots have been humanity's partners, helpers, and protectors for centuries! Join one of the world's earliest robots, a mechanical bird named Pouli, a

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher ---

    In factories! In the sky! In your cars and phones! In your own home! Robots are everywhere! And they have been for a lot longer than you might realize.

    From tea-serving robots in feudal Japan to modern rovers exploring Mars, robots have been humanity's partners, helpers, and protectors for centuries! Join one of the world's earliest robots, a mechanical bird named Pouli, as he explores where robots came from, how they work, and where they’re going in this informative and hilarious new book! Ever dreamt of building your own best friend? It might be easier than you think!

    Every volume of Science Comics offers a complete introduction to a particular topic—dinosaurs, coral reefs, the solar system, volcanoes, bats, flying machines, and more. These gorgeously illustrated graphic novels offer wildly entertaining views of their subjects. Whether you're a fourth grader doing a natural science unit at school or a thirty-year-old with a secret passion for airplanes, these books are for you!

    I am a fully-grown woman, a librarian and information junkie who loves and learned from this book. It is so hard to keep kids engaged these days so learning via comic strip seems like a smart way to do it. I recommend this book for every children’s library and any and every child you know as a gift!

    Robots are everywhere – I had no idea that processes in my phone and computers are, in fact, robots. The idea of drones fascinated me, too --- please, Amazon, feel free to drop my order on my balcony with one!!! But, they can also be invasive and kind of scary --- I learned a lot from this book as would your child.

    (There is a whole series of books in the “Science Comics” series – everything from Plagues to The Solar system – they all look wonderful and I have every intention of buying the ENTIRE series – past, present and future – for our library.)

  • Suzanne

    Science Comics continues to expand the list of topics available, this time exploring the fascinating field of robots and drones. Going back to 350 B.C., the author traces the development of machines created to imitate the flight of birds up to today's military drones and drone racing. Early automatons that had only one possible response to input are compared with today's assistants like Siri and Alexa which can complete a range of tasks. Along the way there are explanations of the difference bet

    Science Comics continues to expand the list of topics available, this time exploring the fascinating field of robots and drones. Going back to 350 B.C., the author traces the development of machines created to imitate the flight of birds up to today's military drones and drone racing. Early automatons that had only one possible response to input are compared with today's assistants like Siri and Alexa which can complete a range of tasks. Along the way there are explanations of the difference between a robot and a remote-controlled machine, and examples of robots we encounter in everyday life. There is also a discussion of the fear many people have of robots, with portrayals in movies such as the Terminator series or in novels such as Isaac Asimov's I, Robot.

    This series follows in the tradition of the Magic School Bus and the Max Axiom books by sharing science concepts through a graphic format. In this case, the comic style illustrations bring the history of robots and drones to life for readers. There are plenty of facts, and a helpful glossary. This book is an excellent introduction and offers enough details to give readers a good place to start researching the topic more deeply on their own.

    I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Janie G

    I’m a huge fan of the Science Comics series, they are fun and packed with information. I always learn something new from these books even though they are meant for kids! The subtle humor and easy to read format make these books great for reluctant readers and perfect for classrooms.

    Robots and Drones explains the many subtle differences between the two with simple distinctions. The book also gives a brief introduction to programming that most adults could benefit from reading. I love the illustra

    I’m a huge fan of the Science Comics series, they are fun and packed with information. I always learn something new from these books even though they are meant for kids! The subtle humor and easy to read format make these books great for reluctant readers and perfect for classrooms.

    Robots and Drones explains the many subtle differences between the two with simple distinctions. The book also gives a brief introduction to programming that most adults could benefit from reading. I love the illustrator’s attention to diversity in the characters, representation is important, especially for young readers, and I’m so happy to see illustrators embracing this concept!

    I received a digital ARC from the publisher via NetGalley.

  • OpenBookSociety.com

    Title: SCIENCE COMICS: Robots and Drones – Past, Present, and Future

    Series: Science Comics

    By: Mairghread Scott

    ISBN: 9781626727922

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

    Summary:

    In factories! In the sky! In your cars and phones! In your own home! Robots are everywhere! And they have been for a lot longer than you might realize.

    From tea-serving robots in feudal Japan to modern rovers exploring Mars, robots have been humanity’s partners, helpers, and protectors

    Title: SCIENCE COMICS: Robots and Drones – Past, Present, and Future

    Series: Science Comics

    By: Mairghread Scott

    ISBN: 9781626727922

    Brought to you by OBS reviewer Andra

    Summary:

    In factories! In the sky! In your cars and phones! In your own home! Robots are everywhere! And they have been for a lot longer than you might realize.

    From tea-serving robots in feudal Japan to modern rovers exploring Mars, robots have been humanity’s partners, helpers, and protectors for centuries! Join one of the world’s earliest robots, a mechanical bird named Pouli, as he explores where robots came from, how they work, and where they’re going in this informative and hilarious new book! Ever dreamt of building your own best friend? It might be easier than you think!

    Review:

    This latest installment of Science Comics: Robots and Drones by Mairghread Scott was an interesting and delightful introduction to the history of robots and drones. As with previous books in the Science Comics series, this graphic novel is written for younger readers, though it was perfectly told for this reader, whom has limited knowledge of robots and drones. The use of humour throughout was nice.

    The reader is shown many ways that robots are used in our daily lives. This certainly made me more aware of the quantity of robots in our lives and how convenient they make routine tasks. For example -> there was a dialogue involving Tim and T1M – both performing the same routine task (attaching nuts to bolts) where Tim can only perform the tasks before getting tired and bored, whereas the robot does not have such constraints. We differentiate the tasks assigned to both to make sure:

    “Nowadays, we like to have humans like Tim do complex, creative jobs, like improving our technology. While robots, like T1M help build that technology.”

    Discussions clarifying the difference between Robots and Drones was all encompassing. I would like to think that now I truly do understand the difference! I enjoyed the use of examples to solidify the understanding of what drones are and how they are different from robots in use currently:

    “Of course, a lot of drones are also robots. They get general commands from their humans, but they also perform a lot of functions on their own. The best examples are the rovers NASA has on Mars right now, Spirit and Opportunity.”

    There was terminology new to me and I found the explanations and illustrations that went along with those were easily understood and very entertaining. I found I was fully engaged throughout the reading of this book.

    The Hall of Awesome Robots – 25 Robots you should know. A special section at the end of the book…a very entertaining addition, providing a chronology of robots throughout history from the early 1900’s to present day. The side comments of humour added so much to my enjoyment of the book.

    There is also a section at the end of the book with a brief, yet more in-depth discussion about drones. And then of course, the Glossary, which is a good refresher of the words used throughout the book.

    The illustrations by Jacob Chabot were very good. I really enjoyed the variations between the characters and time periods when discussing robots through the ages.

    All in all, I really enjoyed this edition of Science Comics and recommend it to those wanting to learn more about robots and drones and those just looking to refresh their knowledge.

    *OBS would like to thank the publisher for a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Barbara

    3.5. These Science Comics are just about as irresistible as a potato chip from a newly-opened bag. Just like the chip, readers take one book and they find themselves drawn into reading more, more, more. Because the science is depicted in a graphic novel form with plenty of color and panels of different shape, it is easy to understand the concepts being explored in the pages of the books in the series. Here, readers learn quite a lot about robots and drones, which may be likely to change the futu

    3.5. These Science Comics are just about as irresistible as a potato chip from a newly-opened bag. Just like the chip, readers take one book and they find themselves drawn into reading more, more, more. Because the science is depicted in a graphic novel form with plenty of color and panels of different shape, it is easy to understand the concepts being explored in the pages of the books in the series. Here, readers learn quite a lot about robots and drones, which may be likely to change the future. But the book challenges some assumptions they may have about these objects and provides some historical background about early robots. From Pouli, a mechanized bird invented in 350 BCE in Italy and then on to the karakuri ningyo in the 1600s in Japan and all the way to modern times when rovers travel across the terrain of planets and virtual assistants such as Alexa and Siri respond to the voices of their owners, it's clear that robots have been part of our lives longer than we realized and have played a more important role than most of us realize. The book also explores some fears associated with robots and raises ethical questions about artificial intelligence and at what point machines become more than tools. Back matter includes snippets about 25 interesting and noteworthy robots. No matter the age, readers will learn something from this book. I didn't find a single page dry or uninteresting and was fascinated at its contents, even with sections explaining how interested youngsters may get involved in robotics clubs and learn more.

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