Source
Scholastic News Online

Scholastic News Online is a free resource with breaking news and highlights from the print magazine.

Available for grades 1-6, Scholastic News magazine brings high-interest current events and nonfiction to millions of classrooms each week.

Additionally, our subscribers have FREE access to Scholastic News Interactive, an exclusive online learning tool featuring digital editions, videos, interactive features, differentiated articles, and much more.


Kuratas the giant robot Kuratas has a 30-joint exoskeleton and moves around on four wheels at speeds up to six miles per hour. (Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters)

Transformers Come to Life

A 13-foot Japanese robot has superpowers straight out of the movies

By Laura Leigh Davidson | December 5 , 2012
<p>Kogoro Kurata, a Japanese artist, invented the giant robot. (Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters)</p>

Kogoro Kurata, a Japanese artist, invented the giant robot. (Kim Kyung-Hoon / Reuters)

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to pilot one of those giant fighting robots from the movie Avatar? Or perhaps you’ve watched the Transformers movies, and in your dreams, you actually owned an autobot like Optimus Prime. Well, dream no longer—a giant, 13-foot-tall robot in customizable colors is now available for purchase!

For a mere $1.3 million, you can pilot your own Kuratas robot. It has a 30-joint exoskeleton and four wheels that can move the robotic fighter at speeds of up to six miles per hour. A pilot can operate Kuratas from a cockpit in the center of the robot. The giant metal bot can also be controlled remotely with a specially programmed 3G touch phone.

Kuratas is equipped with pellet guns that can shoot BBs with a rapid-fire lock-and-load system. When the pilot smiles, the robot fires. Kuratas also has rocket launchers that can be equipped with fireworks or water rockets. And if that isn’t enough, the bot has giant claws that can pick people up!

The weapons systems are designed not to be lethal, but the pilot needs to be careful. Kuratas could still inflict serious damage.

A VISION OF THE FUTURE

Japanese artist Kogoro Kurata designed the robot and named it after himself.

“When I was a kid, I thought there were going to be giant robots in the future,” Kurata told reporters. “But no matter how long I waited, people were only able to make small robots. . . . I thought, ‘I can’t wait anymore,’ and set out to make one myself.”

The Kuratas robot took almost three years to build. But its creator does not see his robot as a killing machine or a tool of the military. Kurata says his creation is an “art piece” that will serve as an inspiration for other artists and inventors.

“They might be able to make a society that uses robots in a way I can't even imagine,” Kurata says.

  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Lexile® Leveled Content Area Library, Interest Level: Intermediate, Levels 700–799

    Lexile® Leveled Content Area Library, Interest Level: Intermediate, Levels 700–799

    by various

    Increase the Informational Text in your classroom with this valuable collection designed to meet interests across all Lexile® measures.

    Organized by Lexile, this 20-book collection contains age-appropriate content-area trade books that students at different levels can read successfully and enjoy. This collection features high-interest science and social studies titles.


    See below for complete list of titles. Appropriate titles of equal value may be substituted if any of the listed titles are unavailable at shipping time.

    Title list:
    • Abraham Lincoln
    • Butterflies
    • The Camping Trip That Changed America
    • The Congress of the United States
    • Dinosaur Detectives
    • First Encyclopedia of Science
    • Honest Abe's Guide to Presidential Elections
    • Hydrology: The Study of Water
    • In Their Own Words: Paul Revere
    • Money Madness
    • The Moon
    • Nature's Children: Pandas
    • Oceanography: The Study of Oceans
    • Poison!
    • Queen of the Track
    • So You Want to Be President?
    • Stop Bullying
    • The Sun
    • True Tales of Animal Heroes
    • When Marian Sang

    $89.00 You save: 33%
    Paperback Book Collection | Grades 3-5
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Lexile® Leveled Content Area Library, Interest Level: Intermediate, Levels 700–799
    Grades 3-5 $89.00
    Add To Cart
  • Teacher Store
  • The Teacher Store  
    Guided Reading Content Areas: Grade 6, 7 Levels T–Z

    Guided Reading Content Areas: Grade 6, 7 Levels T–Z

    Strong reading skills are vital to every aspect of children’s education, and their reading abilities will affect their future achievement in science, social studies, and math. Guided Reading Content Areas helps you develop content-area knowledge while building reading skills, and provides access to a broad and exciting array of authentic texts.

    The program Features:
    • Titles aligned to content area standards in: Science–45%, Social Studies–40%, and Mathematics–15%.
    • Carefully leveled books that give students access to critical knowledge.
    • Lesson plans that develop important skills for reading informational text.
    • A Teacher's Guide co-authored by
    Dr. Gay Su Pinnell and Dr. Irene Fountas.

    Set Includes:
    • 992356 Guided Reading Content Areas: Level T (60 Books)
    • 992357 Guided Reading Content Areas: Level U (60 Books)
    • 992359 Guided Reading Content Areas: Level V (60 Books)
    • 992360 Guided Reading Content Areas: Level W (60 Books)
    • 992361 Guided Reading Content Areas: Level X (60 Books)
    • 992362 Guided Reading Content Areas: Level Y (60 Books)
    • 992363 Guided Reading Content Areas: Level Z (60 Books)


    Visit the Scholastic Guided Reading Program website for more information.

    $2,249.95 You save: 33%
    Supplementary Collection | Grade 6
    Add To Cart
    Educators Only
    Guided Reading Content Areas: Grade 6, 7 Levels T–Z
    Grade 6 $2,249.95
    Add To Cart
Privacy Policy
EMAIL THIS

* YOUR FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S FIRST NAME ONLY

* FRIEND'S EMAIL ADDRESS

MESSAGE
Here's something interesting from Scholastic.com