The Robotics Series: Why Should Robotics Be Taught in Schools?
Robotics is being more widely used in many areas of our lives, and it’s definitely a growth area for the future, yet for many people it’s bewildering, and even scary.
In this blog, we want to look at the reasons why we think robotics should be taught in schools, to prepare kids for a future where technology is set to become increasingly important.
What is robotics?
A robot is a mechanical device that can be programmed to follow instructions. A robot will have a processing unit, sensors to enable it to navigate its environment, and motors to make it move. A robot might speak, make sounds, or have flashing lights.
Why should robotics be taught in schools?
It’s a fun and engaging way of learning for kids
Building robots and other models that move is a fun hands-on way to teach kids about STEM concepts. You can also add a little bit of fun competition to the learning by having robot races or similar.
It’s a great way to teach kids programming
Programming will be an important skill for kids to have in the future, and if they become proficient at it, it will put them ahead of others when it comes to job opportunities. But programming is made up of some concepts that are difficult to get your head around, unless you have a physical example of how to programme something to follow specific instructions in front of you-i.e. a robot!
It opens up opportunities for the future
Robots are already in use in the military, in surgery, and in many other applications, and their use is only going to become more widespread in the future. This means that people who understand robotics and who are skilled at engineering and programming will be in demand.
Robotics is inclusive
There’s evidence that robots are particularly useful for teaching and engaging with autistic children. Most children respond well to the clear and predictable ways they can interact with robots.
It removes the fear around robots
There have been so many headlines about ‘killer robots’ and robots replacing people and taking their jobs, but when kids understand about what robots are, and what they can and can’t do, it removes some of the fear and mystery surrounding them.
The reality is, even the most advanced robots can’t replicate some of our capabilities and they are very far away from doing so.
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