Student Module
20 minutes

Robots to the Rescue

  • Earth Science
  • 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 module, 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. 

Critical Thinking


  • 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. 
  • Know strategies to help close the gap between the true cost of college and what is received in a financial aid package 

Suggested Time

20 minutes