Digital Exploration
20-25 min.

Robots to the Rescue

  • Science (Earth)
  • Engineering
  • STEM
  • Technology


Through a guided interactive experience, students will examine how robotic technologies help respond to natural hazards by aiding in a rescue and reconnaissance mission. In this Digital Exploration, students will be part of the National Hazard Rapid Response Team. They will be introduced to conditions and patterns of geologic forces that lead to natural disasters like volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, hurricanes and more. Students will then be challenged to use block coding to program a rescue robot to aid in a rescue and reconnaissance mission. They will investigate the benefits and considerations of using an unmanned robot versus sending humans to a rescue site and determine the robotic sensors needed to perform a successful rescue mission. Finally, students will examine how natural hazards affect humans and societies, such as social and economic impact for the short- and long-term and explore the diverse range of careers in meteorology and disaster relief.

Student Will Learn

  • 21st Century Skills
    • Critical Thinking
    • Creativity

Content Areas

  • Computational thinking
  • Robotics
  • Earth Materials and Systems
  • Natural Hazards


  • Investigate and identify the geologic forces that lead to natural disasters
  • Identify the role of society in the development and use of technology
  • Determine the effectiveness of robotics in life-saving situations and what robots need to function
  • Identify careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Grade Levels


Suggested Time

  • 20-25 Minutes