We can all agree that robotics are fast becoming the future. So to ensure that future is in good hands, we need to introduce the industry to those who will be running it. Teaching robotics in schools has innumerable benefits, not only to STEM fields but to child development and learning growth. Here are 7 reasons to teach robotics in schools.
1. Professional Head Start
Jobs change, industries change: what we know right now, is that STEM fields are going to change everything. STEM fields provide fast-growing career paths within some industries that may not have existed 20 years ago. Robotics gathers together many of the STEM disciplines, and introducing it at an early age could provide students with a professional head start in a STEM-oriented job market. In teaching robotics in schools, we can also bolster the creativity and innovation in the field, increasing the momentum of the robotics movement in general.
2. More Tangible than Programming
Programming has become widely accepted as a hugely important part of the modern education curriculum, and yet is often taught as a rather dry, abstract, subject. Getting students, especially younger students, excited about an abstract idea can be challenging, however, we don’t have to teach STEM subjects like this.
Even relatively simple commands can create amazing, tangible results that will keep kids excited about the process of programming and coding. Robotics provides an ideal platform for the introduction of programming, engineering, and mathematics, giving students immediate, physical, feedback to their inputs, driving their passion and curiosity.
3. An Equal Future STEM Workforce
It’s no secret that the STEM job market is a male-dominated environment. Those already in the industry are trying to overcome the lack of women but there’s still a long way to go. Providing girls with the tools to program robots, and get excited about it, by teaching robotics in schools will open the industry to a flood of new talent in the female workforce. Teaching girls to program early shows them that these fields are not off limits and will ultimately help the robotics move towards a more equal industry formation.
4. Complex Technology Made Simple
Robotics takes hidden, mystical technological processes and makes them accessible and easy to understand. Not only does this create a more stable environment for younger students to approach programming and coding, but it also opens up potential for students to explore other areas of learning that seem too difficult or complex. Which leads us to our next reason to teach robotics in schools.
5. Robotics Develops Productive Curiosity
In today’s world, everything runs so seamlessly and has been designed so well that we never view the underside of a mechanical or electronic process. Robotics opens up this curiosity into how things work and crucially, what can change. By showing students how electronics work, they are afforded the freedom to speculate on different processes or methods. Developing this curiosity will encourage further creativity as students begin to understand what can and can’t be completed and begin to change the processes we’ve come to take for granted, allowing the industry to continue developing.
6. There More Robotics Content Than Ever Before
The robotics industry has matured at a time of great emphasis on online content sharing and transparency in development. This means that even if you can’t physically teach your students about robotics in schools, there are still plenty of ways to encourage this passion. New developers are consistently releasing footage of their robots which make for fascinating viewing at any age. What’s more, the inner workings of these robots can often be found detailed online for further inspection.
7. It's Not Just About Robotics
There are a number of reasons to teach your students about robots in particular, but while you are doing this, STEM education is also providing the practice of a number of other key skills. Programming and robotics boost problem solving, creative thinking, and trial and error mentality. Teaching robotics in schools can demonstrate to students the benefits of overcoming frustration and moving forward with a solution that they have identified.