Robots, Drones, and Radar

Electronics Go to War

From the Series STEM on the Battlefield

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

In 2011 unmanned drones flew high over Pakistan. Before anyone even knew the drones were there, missiles fired by these drones took out key terrorist targets. These drones were steered remotely by US Air Force pilots, stationed safely thousands of miles away at a base near Las Vegas, Nevada.

Electronics didn’t become part of warfare until the late nineteenth century. Electronics engineers developed radar to detect enemy ships and aircraft and sonar to help submarines navigate underwater. Computer scientists hope to develop artificially intelligent robot warriors that will replace human soldiers in dangerous combat situations. Read how electronics have shaped war in the modern world—and how they may change warfare in the future.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category 5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Traditional Nonfiction, STEM, STEM: Engineering
Copyright 2018
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2017-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.3
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF025130, JNF051090
Dewey 623/.043
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 910
ATOS Reading Level 6.3
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 192165
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Sidebars, and Timeline

Author: Terry Burrows