We’ve mentioned many times before that Robots could replace humans in a quarter of US jobs by 2030. Also, we have discussed the importance of adjusting the current classroom model to the new necessities of our students, offering them skills that they can actually use to succeed in the 21st century.
In previous times, we discussed how robotics competitions can help your students strengthen all the necessary abilities to successfully penetrate the workshop of the -unknown- future… But today, we want to be a bit more specific. Today, we want to talk about how coding robots will help your students understand how tomorrow’s world will work.
Stay with us, and see why your students should start learning how to program their very own virtual robot today and how this will help them perform better in the near future.
Everything will be about robots
There is one thing we must assume: Everything will be about robots or robotics. In almost every field, we will have a fully integrated robotics system to make our lives easier and more effective. Starting from the assumption that robots will replace humans in numerous jobs in only 10 years from now, and understanding how fast technology moves, it becomes easier to comprehend how near we are to have all our life system interconnected if we don’t have that already.
Robots go way beyond the educational kits provided by LEGO Education, by Nintendo Labo, or by the fantastic guys from Wonder Workshop. Robotic systems are one of the essential parts of smart houses, and of the entire concept of IoT.
Teaching our students to program a robot, is in a way, teaching them how to interact with a world full of artificial intelligence and automated processes. Teaching STEM through robotics and cyber robotics can only benefit our students in terms of their interaction with society, with the world, and with the technology that will surround us in the very near future.
Likewise, teaching our students how to code a robot will enable them to create better and even more innovative solutions in the future: Because whoever created the iRobot and saved you hours of brooming, also had to learn how to program at some point. Allow your students to create the world they want to interact with… teach them how to code robots.
One step further: Internet of Things
Knowing how to program robots will enable your students to take those skills, abilities, and knowledge one step further. It won’t be only about the extraordinary robotics competitions they can join, but it will also be about the breathtaking solutions they’ll want to create.
By understanding the basic principles of robotics programming, they’ll comprehend in a smoother way how they could create something from scratch that will make our lives easier and better. Giving your students the possibility to actually create is priceless, especially in a future where the power of creation will be highly appreciated by the workforce.
Wikipedia defines IoT as a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.
When understanding that very soon we won’t need a human-to-human interaction to make things work in our houses and daily lives, the need for our students to learn how to program robots becomes even more clear.
Once again, the invitation is to empower them, to give them all the tools they need for them to feel free to express themselves through STEM, robotics, and creation. To make them really understand that the future is in their hands and that they will -indeed- create all of the platforms of the future we will be proud of as a society.
It doesn’t have to be expensive: Cyber robotics is just around the corner
One of the main issues we face as educators is the extremely elevated price of robotics hardware kits in order to teach our students all of the values, mindsets, and abilities we mentioned before. But the era of non-inclusive robotics programs and curricula is over!
Nowadays, there are several options for all students to learn how to program a robot, in gamified and engaging environments, without the need for the school (or the parents) of buying an expensive robotics hardware kit.
CoderZ, for example, is an online gamified learning environment where students learn how to program their very own virtual version of the LEGO Mindstorms EV3. What do they need to learn STEM with CoderZ? Only a computer with an internet connection. That easy!
By learning how to program virtual robots in this inclusive, affordable and scalable way, your students will receive the same skills mentioned above and strengthen all the abilities they need in order to understand how tomorrow’s world will work, and what are the best ways to interact with it.
Give it a chance and experience how does it feel to teach STEM with cyber robotics. Your students will appreciate it.
May the code be with you!
Arie Elbelman is the founder and CEO of LEÓN Marketing. Arie is a helping SMB’s worldwide grow their business and connect with their communities. He deeply believes in the power of education to change the world and has been working with several EdTech companies and projects for years now. His passions are his family, social marketing, non-formal education, human-centered communication, and transformational processes.