[Preview] The Coming STEM Revolution Begins with Robotics
Section: Introduction - Section 3
Robotics has exploded in popularity within middle and high schools over the last fifteen years and for good reason. Its ability to combine all aspects of STEM together, along with its powerful message of collaboration and cooperation, has made it the go-to for educators across the globe.
We cannot overstate enough just how important robotics has become to our school systems. Robotics allows a team of students to come together as a group and actively create working solutions to specific problems. Gone is the focus on the teacher. Gone is the focus on books and theory. In its place is an active and competitive environment where students work together through project-based learning.
Robotics takes into account every aspect of STEM: the research and observational skills of science, the computational skills of technology, the systemic and structural skills engineering and the numerical and logistical skills of math. This, by itself, is enough of a reason to build and promote a robotics team at any school. But the benefits go beyond even this.
We’ve learned over the last twenty years that robotics teams can prepare students to become leaders and entrepreneurs. Robotics by its very definition is collaborative in nature, combining a varied number of STEM-based disciplines to promote a common objective.
Teaching students how to manage large, project-based tasks (with some guidance from mentors) is perhaps the most essential skill of all. Learning how to work with fellow students promotes cooperation, team work and respect for all the moving parts, the people, and the disciplines involved in completing a working robot.
And as we’ll come to see, the smartest robotics teams devote an equal amount of time and respect to the business side of robotics. The fundraising, organization, and branding of a team play an essential role in the team’s success—especially at a competitive level.