Star Wars Science - Episode I

Star Wars Science - Episode I

Meet the real-life androids that might be a match for C3PO

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...

Star Wars is back!

Disney is taking over LUCASFILM and are planning to make some more Star Wars films.

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Mickey Mouse (c) Disney

To celebrate this exciting news we will be taking a look at the science behind the movies.

We'll start by looking at Luke Skywalker's faithful android, C-3PO.

C-3PO and R2-D2 (c) 2012 Lucasfilm Ltd

Who is C-3PO?

C-3PO is a a golden "droid" built by Luke Skywalker, the hero of the Star Wars films.

His body is similar to a human's and he is able to speak hundreds of languages.  He can think for himself, although he is very nervous and prefers to follow orders.

His job is to help different lifeforms (humans and aliens) to talk to each other.

Are there really robots that look like humans?

Robots that are built to look and act like humans are called "androids".  They are very popular in science fiction, but do they exist in the real world?

Over the last few decades scientists and engineers have been trying to build androids.  They concentrate on a few different things:

  • How they move
  • How they look
  • How they speak
  • How they act

Look at these amazing videos below to see how realistic robots have become...

To find out more about the science behind robots click on the link here.

How they move


How they look


How they speak


How they act