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Topic: 4B Habitats
A robotic cockroach can act as a 'pied piper' to real cockroaches, persuading the real insects to hide in unusual places. European scientists wanted to see whether the robots would be accepted by the insects and whether they could influence their collective decision-making process. They are hoping this will lead to studies of human group behaviour.
In this activity children will predict the behaviour of small creatures and make suggestions about how influencing their behaviour may have a beneficial use.