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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.

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· the preferred habitat of small creatures such as cockroaches, woodlice

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 3 successfully.

· how to make a prediction and to test it in a realistic way.

Children will demonstrate this by completing the task on page 3 successfully.

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BBC News
The news story behind the activity

Getting rid of cockroaches for good

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Getting rid of cockroaches

BBC Science Clips
Activities around light and shadows

The story of the robotic cockroach influencing cockroach behaviour

Information about cockroaches

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