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KS3 English - The science behind science fiction: Robots

Resources on the science behind science fiction to support your Year 8 Library lesson, compiled by your librarians.


Robots often features in Science Fiction but on this page you can find out about the science behind:


Artificial Intelligence (AI)



Super Intelligence

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Do you think you have the cut to be a cyborg?

(Source: 4bp Terminator 2)

 A cyborg is a being with both organic and artificial parts.  It has enhanced normal abilities due to technology.

Do you think you have the cut to be a cyborg?
Yes, I think I am.: 8 votes (53.33%)
No, I don't think so.: 2 votes (13.33%)
I'm really not sure.: 5 votes (33.33%)
Total Votes: 15

Something to think about...

(Source: Rediff)

  • What would happened to man after superhuman or artificial intelligence (AI) developed?
  • Would you want to become one of them?

The latest 'Robots' news from Popsci

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Science Daily: Robot News

Read about the latest news in the world of robotics.

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What are they all about?

These are some of the videos on how the concept of robots came about.
Do you think that robots made work easier for humans?
Are humans now heavily dependent on robots? 


Check this out!

Don't forget to check out these periodicles...


Reading magazine articles can be a great way to find up-to-date information on a topic.

You will find all the magazines under the stairs in the Interactive Zone. Current copies are on display and back copies can be found in a cupboard directly behind the current issue.

 Read about these interesting articles:

Discovery Channel Magazine
Issue 1310
 1) A History of the Future (pg. 83)


BBC Knowledge 
1) Subzero
(pg. 42)  - Vol. 5 Issue 4
2) Would we have ethical qualms about sending an AI into a lethal radio-active environment?
(pg. 26) - Vol. 5 Issue 6

 Wired UK
- Issue April 2013
1) They Can Rebuild You (pg. 49)
2) Our Friends Electric
(pg. 102)

Which is your favourite robot?

Watch the video above and select the best robot of all time.

Which is your favourite robot?
Bishop "Aliens": 0 votes (0%)
Max "Flight of the Navigator": 0 votes (0%)
The Iron Giant "The Iron Giant": 0 votes (0%)
Wall-E "Wall-E": 3 votes (25%)
Johnny 5 "Short Circuit": 0 votes (0%)
Robocop "Robocop": 1 votes (8.33%)
Lieutenant Commander Data "Star Trek": 0 votes (0%)
R2D2 & C3PO "Star Wars": 0 votes (0%)
T-800, Model 101 "Terminator": 0 votes (0%)
Optimus Prime "Transformers": 8 votes (66.67%)
Total Votes: 12

Useful websites

This is an example of an interesting video from the Discovery Channel.

Find more videos like this through the Discovery Channel link below.

Explore the other links in this list to find websites with useful information on Robots...

Books in the Senior Library

Find out more about robots in these books from the Senior Library collection:

Other resources

Here is the list of other resources you might want to find about Robots in the Library.

Online Articles

Reading articles can be a great way to find up-to-date information on a topic.  Use the following databases to find online articles and other research materials on robots.

You could access robot related articles from:

  • JStor (One-stop database for online journal and books)
  • Ebsco (Scholarly research and industry news database)

If you need help on how to locate/search for books & journals, visit this LibGuide.  Otherwise, feel free to contact one of our Librarians!