WHY ROBOTICS?Our perception of Robotics have been largely shaped by popular culture movies and sci-fi novels. Ever since the first movies and books on robots, we have always wondered about turning this fantasy into reality.
Presently, we are at a watershed moment when it comes to technological development, especially in robotics!
Let’s set the record straight: Robotics is the next paradigm shift after the computer & smartphone revolution. It has already become one of the most rapidly growing career fields! For instance, Google acquired 8 robotics companies out of their 9 acquisition in the year 2013.
Countries like USA and Japan are already taking huge initiatives to introduce robotics education to students from an early age. This engages students in complex, strategic problem-solving and higher-order thinking. These educators have already realized that a well-designed robotics curriculum exposes students to knowledge, concepts and skill that are required to understand the complex information based technology of the future: technology that is intelligent, highly interactive and autonomous. As technology is becoming more and more ubiquitous, today’s students can not only afford to be consumers of these technologies but also be able to conceptualize, design and troubleshoot them.
That is where Robotics education comes in!
It provides educators with good pedagogy that emphasizes meaningful problem-based learning, integration and application of knowledge, hands-on learning in cooperative groups, and demonstrable mastery of new learning.
It exposes students to content domains such as mechatronics, information technology, applied mathematical, and logical reasoning. Often, these fields are stumbling blocks for middle and high school students.
Moreover, as a career, robotics is a blend of various engineering fields: From mechanics and hardware to AI design and machine learning. On top of this, It is slowly becoming a part of various completely unrelated fields. Doctors nowadays need to train on and operate a robot to carry out various surgical procedures, even in the field of surgery.
Today, just as we need computer proficiency even if we are not computer engineers, we are going to require proficiency in this field very soon. Our workshops and curriculum serve as a step towards realizing that goal.