If you want to show students that learning STEM can be interesting and fun, use movies as an educational tool. Nowadays you can find movies on nearly every topic, so showing insightful STEM films can open students’ eyes and encourage further discussion. Both teachers and parents can help students understand and analyze what they’ve seen, and movies can nurture students’ curiosity. In this article, you can find a list of movies that help students foster interest in learning robotics. For every movie, we suggest a list of topics for discussion, in-class activities, home assignments, and MOOCs to start a conversation and reinforce topics.
Why we created this list? 52% of Americans believe people don’t pursue STEM degrees because of the difficulty of the subjects.
While most modern students find it difficult and boring to learn exact sciences, the modern labor market needs more STEM professionals. As a result, it’s important for teachers and parents to implement new science and engineering activities that can hook students into learning about a topic. Use the following five movies to enrich classes & drive assignments:
Main educational topic:The Rise of AI in the Modern World
A young programmer Caleb Smith wins the contest for a one-week visit to the home of the CEO, Nathan Bateman. Nathan has created a humanoid robot AVA with AI, and he invites Caleb to take part in a ground-breaking experiment in synthetic intelligence by testing AVA’s human qualities.
Main educational topic:The Future of Human-Like Robots
One day Henry and Monica Swintons have to place their son in suspended animation, so they decide to abandon “David”, a highly-advanced robotic boy. The human mother can’t love David the way she loves her biological son, and David understands it. He hopes to become a real boy so that he can win back his mother’s love, so he goes on a long journey hoping to make his dreams come true.
Main educational topic:The Growth of Students’ Interest in Robotics
A group of four undocumented Hispanic immigrant teenagers forms an engineering club where they meet Cameron, a substitute teacher. Students don’t have experience or money, but they live a dream and put much effort into building a remote-controlled submarine for the UCSB robotics competition.
Main educational topic:Human brain vs. Robotic Brain
In the nearest future, automated robots comprise the law enforcement. A worker steals one police droid, Chappie, to give it a new programming. He is a unique robot with a mind of his own. Starting off like a human child, Chappie is ‘raised’ under the opposing parentage of a band of criminal misfits and his maker, yet foraging for his own identity in the harsh world, which soon targets him for his uniqueness. He becomes the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself.
Main educational topic:AI and Humankind
In 2035, robots are common assistants and workers. Chicago homicide detective Del Spooner doesn’t trust robots. One day he receives a call from the United States Robotics (USR) about a recent death of renowned robot scientist Dr. Alfred J. Laning, and Spooner begins his investigation. Little does he know that it would lead to uncovering a larger threat to humanity.
Living in the digital era, modern students are interested in robotics and there are many exciting ways to encourage them to learn more about this STEM field. Watching insightful movies about robotics is a funny way to interest students in practicing robotics knowledge. While movies can give insights on learning more about robotics AI, there are many other ways to dig into robotics knowledge:
The List of Books, Articles, and Videos about Robotics:
- Cambrian Intelligence: The Early History of the New AI (Rodney A. Brooks, 1999)
- Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future (Martin Ford, 2015)
- The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies (Erik Brynjolfsson & Andrew McAfee, 2016)
- Human-Robot Interaction in Social Robotics (Takayuki Kanda & Hiroshi Ishiguro, 2012)
- I, Robot (Isaac Asimov, 2004)
- Super-Toys Last All Summer Long (Brian W. Aldiss, 1969)
- The Machine Question: Critical Perspectives on AI, Robots, and Ethics (David J. Gunkel, 2012)
- Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Expert Systems (Dan W. Patterson, 1990)
- The Future of Work: Robots, AI, and Automation (Darrell M. West, 2018)
- The Future of Leadership: Rise of Automation, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (Brigette Tasha Hyacinth, 2017)
- Humans Need Not Apply: A Guide to Wealth and Work in the Age of Artificial Intelligence (Jerry Kaplan, 2015)
- A Short Introduction to Robotics and AI (David Vernon, 2007)
- Artificial Intelligence in Home Robots – Current and Future Use-Cases (Raghav Bharadwaj, 2018)
- Your Next T-Shirt Will Be Made by a Robot (Erico Guizzo, 2018)
- Artificial intelligence, Robots and a Human Touch (Deborah O’Neill, 2018)
- Robot managers: the future of work or a step too far? (Josephine Moulds, 2018)
- More than 70% of US Fears Robots Taking Over our Lives (Olivia Solon, 2017)
- Artificial Intelligence And Robotics Will Lead To More Jobs, If We Do It Right (Tim Johnson, 2018)
- The Evolution Of AI And Robotics Will Be Amazing (And Painful) (Avi Reichental, 2017)
- What Happens When Our Computers Get Smarter than We Are? (TED, 2015)
- Meet the Robots for Humanity (TEDx, 2013)
- Can We Build AI without Losing Control over It? (TED, 2016)
- Machine Intelligence Makes Human Morals More Important (TED, 2016)