Robotics Vision for OSD (etc.)

  • There is a set of high achieving/high motivation students who are interested in high tech careers.
  • A Robotics I class would introduce them to Problem Solving, Engineering Principles, Project Management, Data Logging and Teamwork in a Robotics environment.
  • This would lead to Robotics II specializations:
  • System Design, Software, Electrical, Mechanical or Computer Engineering
  • In this scenario, Robotics is used as an END (a STEM platform)
  • But Robotics can be more than just an accelerant for high motivation students.
  • There is a set of low achieving/low motivation students who “hate” science and don’t “get” Math because it’s “useless”
  • These students are drawn to Robotics I due to its inherent appeal to tech-savvy teenagers.
  • These students can then use Robotics II as a platform for applied math and applied science leading to alternative credits in these subject areas.
  • In this scenario, Robotics is used as a MEANS (alternative math/science credits).
  • This multifaceted appeal makes Robotics a uniquely flexible technology platform appealing to both high and low achieving studentsā€¦ and everyone in between.
  • The lower path enables students to be power consumers of technology.
  • The upper path allows students to be creators of technology.
  • But, the real power of Robotics is realized when Robotics I is introduced at the Middle School Level, where the low achieving/low motivation students can be engaged early….
  • and put on the path to becoming creators (rather just consumers) of technology