In spite of educators’ best efforts to reach all students in class, there always seem to be some who remain difficult to engage. They could be shy, socially awkward, have a learning disability, or fall somewhere on the autism spectrum. As educators, we must continue to find ways to reach these kids.
Robotic teams not only build robots and program them to perform designated tasks, but involved students also build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. On the Treasure Coast, elementary and middle school teams use Legos to help create their team robots, while in high school, the students use more advanced techniques, such as 3D printing, to build the parts necessary for the robots to complete specific tasks.
It has become an article of faith that workers today are experiencing almost unprecedented levels of labor-market disruption and insecurity: Robots are automating factory jobs, kicking lunch-pail workers into the unemployment line. Taxi drivers are being displaced by Uber. Artificial intelligence is even taking over some of the tasks that lawyers and doctors used to do.
Children’s toys have come a long way -- from the Frisbee to the Kano, Easy Bake Oven to Dash and Dot. The latest plaything, available now to pre-order on Kickstarter, is designed to inspire a new generation of inventors.
Slant Robotics, a robotics company from Boise, Idaho, has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest toy: a 3D printed Arduino robot geared towards promoting STEM education. Called LittleBot, the cute 3D printed device is particularly focused on teaching kids engineering, programming, and robotics.
In the midst of fulminating about an approaching robot apocalypse, a strange and disturbing counter trend is taking place: the rise of violence against robots. While fears of robots often turn upon suppositions that are still largely unproven, such as whether robots will achieve super-intelligence or come to dominate the workplace, the latter phenomena is fast accruing a solid and tangible corpus of evidence.
The implementation of robotic process automation (RPA) is enabling enterprises to execute business processes 5-10 times faster with an average of 37 percent fewer resources, according to a report released this week by Information Services Group (ISG). However, the productivity gains are not necessarily leading to mass layoffs, but rather the redeployment of employees to handle higher-value tasks and a greater volume of work, according to ISG.
"The VEX Robotics World Championship is an exciting ride from start to finish. It's truly inspiring to witness the hard work and dedication of these teams, who competed all year to get an invitation to Louisville," said Paul Copioli, president of VEX Robotics. "We're thrilled to see students from Canada, China, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States excelling in STEM as they proudly take home World Champion titles for their outstanding performance, teamwork and sportsmanship."
There was a time in America, not too long ago, when most people, including journalists, business leaders, politicians, and scholars, were full-throated advocates of technologically powered productivity growth. They understood that through mechanization, automation, and other forms of innovation, we can produce more, better, and cheaper goods and services, and have higher incomes.