Robotics is increasingly being considered the Fourth essential R (after the 3 Rs, Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic). Robotics is truly a multidisciplinary field which combines mechanical, electrical, electronic engineering, and computer science.
Though robots are complex machines and building robots requires various skills, current technology makes it possible for anyone with an interest to build, program, and control their own robots. Building robots:
- Makes learning fun, engaging, and inspiring
- Provides highly practical hands-on experience
- Gives students a head-start in preparing for high school and college
- Develops critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies
- Enables learners to develop and express creativity
- Develops the ability to work collaboratively in teams
- Helps students develop an intuitive understanding of physical concepts in science & math
- Helps students excel in math and science and choose a career in STEM
- Enables learners to appreciate and realize technology
- Builds confidence and self-esteem
- Prepares students for the fast-paced competitive world
- Helps our students become globally competitive
The Robotics Education Through Active Learning (REAL) Program is a program meant to inspire students and prepare teachers. REAL is the culmination of an extensive, six -year collaboration among engineering faculty, undergraduates, and K-12 teachers in robotics-based education to engage and inspire learners.
The REAL program engineering faculty, undergraduates, and volunteers will bring hands-on, guided discovery to learning, starting with robotics to the classroom. What the students learn within the robotics curriculum will provide understanding and innovation in math, science, and language, which is evaluated in the culminating Robot Rally event.
The engineering faculty, student volunteers, and classroom teachers established a team-teaching approach for using robotics to incorporate guided learning into the core curriculum. After this implementation endeavor, teachers will acquire the expertise to make the robotics curriculum self-sufficient insofar as teachers become teachers of teachers.