Elementary and secondary school students who later want to become scientists and engineers often get hands-on inspiration by using off-the-shelf kits to build and program robots. But so far it’s been difficult to create robotic projects to foster interest in the “wet” sciences - biology, chemistry and medicine - so called because experiments in these field often involve fluids.
As adults, there are so many resources available to us to break into the world of programming and coding. From organizations like General Assembly and the hundreds of localized coding bootcamps, you can practically throw a stick into the wind and find a way to learn about development. For kids on the other hand, things are not quite as cut and dry, and programming is not readily available in the classroom.
Thanks to the promotion of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in schools, many parents recognize these should be an essential element of children’s summer experiences. But trying to choose a summer STEM program can be overwhelming. What are the most desirable characteristics of a summer robotics and STEM camp?
Add building robots to the list of out-of-school activities required for kids to be competitive college applicants and future workers. Digital Adventures, which runs summer camps and after-school courses to expose kids to engineering and computer science, aims to provide the experience some parents think is necessary to get into the increasingly attractive field.
Last year, Black Enterprise interviewed Ayanna Howard, Ph.D., an award-winning robotics scientist. Howard has worked with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab, where she led various robotics projects. She is also a Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines.
One of the biggest tech hits of 2016 was a talking kitchen speaker from Amazon that could play music, tell you the time and weather, and buy things online for you. So it's no surprise that the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week will showcase the many sons and daughters of Alexa.
When it comes to technology’s impact on the economy, there continues to be concern that robots and other advances will lead to unemployment. But what does history really tell us about the impact of new technologies on jobs and the economy? And more importantly, what happens to America’s ability to compete in a global economy if we reject automation and stifle technological innovation?
Thankfully, there are a number of STEM related endeavours that put a playful twist on educating the increasingly curious makers around the world today.
To address the increasing rate of automation, educators are integrating coding and STEM skills into curriculums all the way down to the kindergarten level. The focus of education systems across the world has turned to transferring fixed computing and engineering knowledge to students, and testing the mastery of such concepts through standardized testing regimes.
For Americans struggling with stagnant wages, under- or un-employment, one of Donald Trump's most appealing campaign promises was to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. Navigating the complexities of policy, tariffs and geopolitics would make that hard enough already for the president elect. But technology will make this promise nearly impossible to fulfill. Why? Because manufacturing jobs are increasingly done by robots, not people.