STEM Lesson Series Lesson 5: Animal Spy Bot

For Grades: K - 6+

Step 1 - Introduction


Lesson Overview

Robots have many jobs in our world. They not only help humans, but animals, too! They can be used to monitor ocean pollution and observe animal behavior that we have never before seen. In today’s lesson, we will learn about the helpful animal spy robots and head out into nature to become a spy bot ourselves!

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Step 2 - Learn More

For Grades K-6

Animal Robots Spy on Wildlife

(3 min) This video is about how they built the robots for the show Spy in the Wild. These animal spy bots are fascinating and a tiny bit creepy!

For Grades K-6

Spy Sloth

(2 min) Check out this very slow spy bot in action!

For Grades K-6

Spy Hippo

(4 min) Hippos are amazing and dangerous creatures. This hippo shaped spy bot can video hippos above and below the water.

Step 3 - Your Project


Nature Photography Hunt

Be a Spy Robot

  • Materials
    • Camera or Device with camera
    • Notebook
  • Instructions
    • Go in your backyard or on a nature walk.
    • BE a nature bot and observe animal behavior. 
      • Take photos of animals or plants that you see!
      • Record your observations in a notebook!
    • Some things you might want to think about…
      • Animals are easily startled…
        • Be careful.
        • Move slow.
        • Be quiet and patient.
        • WATCH OUT FOR DANGER! (Specifically, stingers or things that may bite.)

Step 4 - Share


Share with someone you love!

Today’s recommendation is to share your project with someone your age. See what kind of animal they find and exchange pictures! (Check with your parents first!)

Step 5 - Go Deeper


What is your favorite animal?
How could you best set up a spy camera to observe them?
Make a plan.

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