More than Robots
Robotics is an interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that includes mechanical engineering, electronics engineering, information engineering, computer science, and other disciplines. Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing. An integral part of the robotics program is the computer programming activities in which students must write programs for their robots to perform specified tasks, introducing them to and further developing their skills in computer science. In a school setting, students that participate in robotics learn the engineering design process and use problem solving, reading, math, technology, and other subjects to create and program robots. Not only do students complete a project, they compete and travel to develop their problem-solving skills. Participation in competitive robotics not only fosters further development of STEM education, but also encourages important life skills such as teamwork, communication, and project-based learning. Travel to events provides students with an opportunity to see other schools, learn other design techniques, and interact with different student groups. Competition provides students with an avenue to work collaboratively to solve real time problems in diverse settings. In addition to engineering skills, students gain additional college and career readiness skills such as, perseverance, collaboration, project resource management, presentation skills, good sportsmanship, and critical thinking.