What is Robotics?


Robotics refers to the design and application of robots, which are automated machines that accomplish a range of tasks. The first robots were integrated into factory assembly lines in order to streamline and increase the productivity of manufacturing, most notably for cars. Today, the integration of robots into mining, the military, and transportation has helped improved operations for industries by taking over tasks that are unsafe or tedious for humans. It is expected that the global robot population will double to four million by 2020, a shift that is expected to shape business models and economies all over the world. There is a substantial debate on how workers will continue to be affected by the global economy’s growing dependence on robots, especially now that robots are more autonomous, safer, and cheaper than ever. While robotics is at least four years away from being in mainstream use in education, its potential uses are starting to gain traction. Robotics programs are focusing on outreach efforts that promote robotics and programming as multi-disciplinary STEM learning that can make students better problem solvers for the 21st century. It is also clear that some students with spectrum disorders are more comfortable working with robots to develop better social, verbal, and non-verbal skills.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • The opportunities are endless; even with pre-made or set robotics projects, students learn a multitude of design and technological principles. Even Arduino code is simple enough to be taught in under 2 hrs. It's relevance is in providing opportunities for creativity and inquiry-based-learning. - jmascorella jmascorella Feb 22, 2016

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Teaching the building blocks for writing Lego projects in Python, amongst other tech. Also working with Arduino to program electronic technology - jmascorella jmascorella Feb 22, 2016

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