Inventions Unit – The Robot


The First Programmable Robot!

The first programmable robot was invented by George Devol who was deceased since August 11 2011.

 George Devol

 Born in (1912-02-20)February 20, 1912
This is George Devol when he was 60.

George Devol’s life ended on August 11, 2011

Why were robots invented?

Robot were invented to do specific things like exploring other planets, doing household chores, and carrying heavy weights. Today it is also a source of entertainment and education.

When was the first programmable robot invented and who invented it?

Nikola Tesla who in 1898 designed a radio-controlled boat. Electronics turned into the force of development with the advent of the first robots created by William Grey Walter in Bristol, England in 1948. Sir George Devol was 42 when he achieved his goal, to engineer a mechanical man or today also known as a programmable robot. The first digital and programmable robot was invented by George Devol in 1954 and was named the Unimate.


  • 1956 – George Devol and Joseph Engelberger formed the world’s first robot manufacturing company.
  • 1959 – Computer-assisted manufacturing was demonstrated at the Servomechanisms Lab at MIT.
  • 1961 – The programmable robot was trying to sell it in a General Motors automobile factory in New Jersey. It was called Unimate.
  • 1963 – The first robotic arm to be controlled by a computer was designed. The Rancho Arm was designed as a tool for the disabled arm. It’s six joints gave it the flexibility of a human arm.
  • 1965 – DENDRAL was the first expert system or program designed to execute the accumulated knowledge of subject experts.
  • 1969 – The Stanford Arm was the first electrically powered, computer-controlled robot arm.
  • 1970 – Shakey was introduced as the first mobile robot controlled by a computer. It was produced by SRI International.



Edwin Flack Cross Country

On Monday 20th of May some of our school went on a trip to Edwin Flack District Cross Country.

Only the top ten in our House Cross Country made it in and 11th and 12th were emergencies. The people who made it to Division were Luke. J, Daniel.T, Tarah.P, Billy. H, Sam. N, Cav. P and Indy. A. It was a fun and heart wrenching day, everyone was excited, nervous and happy for their classmates. No one complained or got upset with their efforts. Mr Grossek our principal was very happy with all of our efforts and he was happy that some of our students made it through to the next round.

By Daniel and Luke

District Cross Country

On Monday 20th May, 2013 it was Cross Country, Daniel, Luke, Zack, Brodie M, Liam, Xander, Blake, Lochie, Bailey S and Jamison were all the 3/4 team that went on the day and Daniel and Luke got to Zone! (next stage!)

It was a fantastic day for all of us Zack came 34th and I came 50th.

Around about 3/4′s into the race you had to go around two trees but people cut through the trees.

The approximate length of the course was 2.2 kms. It was a tiring track. At the start of the track people fell over!

All and all it was a great day!

Inventors Notebook

History of the Car Step 3.

By Tom


  • Before 1800, there were very few ways to travel. People, for the most part, relied on horse-drawn carriages.
  • Many people helped to invent the car. Some say French inventor Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot built the world’s first automobile. In 1769, he invented a steam tractor. It was a self-propelled vehicle that could travel only 2.5 miles per hour.
  • There are several types of cars on the roads today. Most cars are gas-powered vehicles. Some are hybrid cars that run on gas and electricity. There are also a few car models that run only on electricity.

The First Car Types

Henry Ford invented the first car it was called Ford Model T

The man who invented the very first car was Karl Benz it was steam powered 1886


Facts About Cars for Kids | eHow

Woolworths Earn and Learn Program – Lego Robotics

Last year our school was involved in the Woolworths Earn and Learn Program.  Over 12,500 schools were involved in this program which asked school communities to collect stickers from their local Woolworths stores when they did their shopping.

Overall our school collected 70440 stickers and earned 500 bonus points.  The Leading Teachers were given the opportunity to use the points to purchase resources for the school from Modern Teaching Aides. It was decided we would use the points to purchase Lego Robotics resources to supplement the robots the school had already purchased, and enable a comprehensive program to run in 2013.


With the 70940 points we were able to purchase:

12 x Lego Mindstorms Education Base Sets (Robots)

1 x Multi-charger (to charge 8 Robots at a time)

3 x Lego Education Resource sets

1 x Lego Poster

1 x Classroom activities book for NXT Robots.


If we were to purchase these resources out of school funds, they would be valued at over $9500.00.  This is an outstanding effort by our whole school community and on behalf of the staff and students at Berwick Lodge Primary School I would like to thank you for all your assistance.


This means we now have enough Robots to run whole class Lego Robotics lessons with all students in grades 3 to 6.  Currently, I have been working with the students in last year’s Robotics team where we have been busily unpacking the new robots and constructing them.  Once all the robots have been constructed, each year level (grade 3 to 6) will have the opportunity to participate in the program.  In addition to this program some students will be selected to be in an extension Robotics group where they will have the opportunity to work with students from Glendal Primary School and participate in Robocup and the First Lego League competitions.


We will keep you updated with our progress and have a demonstration prepared for Open Night later in the year.  If you have any questions in regards to this program please don’t hesitate to come and see me.