2022 bESTology-Week 6

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Week 6-It's A Matter Of Sense(ors)


  • Sensors for Automation
  • The Fundamentals of Sensors


Students will understand how automation supports the needs of warehouse and fulfillment businesses to reduce labor costs and lack of qualified employees. 


Robots need to make sense of their environment to function efficiently. How do robots make sense of their environment? After all they are machines, do they need to “see”or “hear”? Learn how autonomous robots make sense of their environment to perform their programmed purposes and functions.

Research/Reflect/Brainstorm – Time to think and expand your knowledge! 

Grab your BEST Journal, notebook or online doc for notes to document your learning. Use various sources such as books, magazines, and websites from below to learn  more about energy, forms of energy, consequences, and possibilities.

Use various sources such as the links and videos below, textbooks, magazines etc. to answer the
Essential Questions: 

  • What are the different types of sensors? 
  • What are some of the considerations needed regarding the use of sensors with a robot?
  • How do sensors support the function and purpose of automation?

Online Resources – list all links to material useful for research about the lesson topic

  1. BEST.org 
  2. Making Sense of Robotic Sensors
  3. Types of Sensors in Robotics
  4. Robotic Sensors
  5. The Role of Sensors in the Evolution of Robotics
  6. How Autonomous Robots Work-Video

  7. Using “Vision” Sensors for Autonomous Robots-Video
  8. Basics of Infrared-Video  
  9. Sensor Basics-Video
  10. Picking Cart Technology-Video

Activity – In small collaborative groups or individually share your learning with your team and school or community. Creation instructions for the different activities are accessed by the links.

BEST Connection – make connection(s) between the lesson and BEST Robotics program

  • Create an entry for your Engineering Notebook sharing what you learned from your research and how it will help your team.
  • Create an infographic or poster sharing information about the different sensors for your Engineering Notebook
  • Create a short informational movie about the use of sensors in robotics to be used in the BEST Marketing competition

Community Connection – make connection(s) between the lesson and your community

  • Create a Public Service Announcement about the sensors used in autonomous machines and uses
  • Create a short documentary movie about the sensors used in robotic automation for your school community to learn about sensors and autonomy
  • Conduct a short interview with a warehouse or fulfillment center about the types of sensors used in their autonomous robots in your community 

Digital Citizenship

  • Be sure to cite the sources and resources you used for your learning and projects by creating a Bibliography page in your project with the name of the websites and URL addresses
  • Be sure to include the sources and resources used in your Engineering Notebook by adding the name of the websites, books etc. and the URL address

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Remember-content vocabulary: autonomic, autonomous, human interaction, order picking, zones, fulfillment, warehouse, 

Understand-research to learn more about automation and autonomous

Apply-taking notes and synthesizing meaning from resources to build their knowledge 

Analyze-determine the pros and cons of automation and autonomous

Evaluate-resources used for research to answer questions and develop notebook entry 

Create-Engineering Notebook entry, Activity/Project completed and shared

Workforce Skills

Critical Thinking, Analyzing and Evaluating information, Creating, Writing, Research, Communication, Problem Solving, Collaboration


Automatic, autonomous, quality, controlled,  human interaction, sensors strategies, methods, design,

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