Cybernetics will drive the future of robotics

Robotics curriculum in schools

Robotics!

sexy isn’t it? Have you ever wondered when you were young how robots move or how they can do the tasks we do or even more?

But the scenario is completely different today. The past two years have been a curse and a blessing for both the education industry. On the one hand, the traditional school system and teaching techniques have taken a hit of the Covid-19-induced lockdown, and on the other hand, technology-led education has taken the lead. The brightest minds in industry and academia have come together to devise ways to ensure that education continues, as children have fun while confined within the four walls of their homes.

Things that were not possible two years ago, New Age School management decided to take a leap of faith and include solid technologies like AI/ML, AR/VR/XR, robotics, etc. in the curriculum and nurture young minds by exposing them to advanced science. In the post-Covid world, school education is escalating towards making children learn things that will benefit, motivate, aspire and inspire them to be productive while developing their ability to think outside the box, come up with new ideas and produce mind-boggling projects for a better and reliable future.

Adaptation to robotics curricula in schools

Many New Age schools are including robotics in the school curriculum considering the understanding and ability of students to capture and comprehend what is being taught while presenting futuristic learning and improvisation in classrooms and laboratories that feature the latest technologies such as 3D printers, drones, actuators, controllers and sensors to give Students idea.

Trained teachers/professors for a high quality learning experience

It goes without saying that providing technologies only in the classroom is not enough. These children need professionally trained teachers and faculties who can guide them and answer their queries with utmost satisfaction. Highly advanced labs that support robotics as a subject are also needed, to be handled and assisted by industry experts, who can educate students on safety procedures and how to use available materials.

Robots also encourage children to actually do science and math, for example, applying it while making learning fun for students and making colleges more interactive.

Educators should always be present to remove doubts and guide them thoroughly while keeping themselves informed of the latest trends in technology.

Project based learning

Practical use of tools and machines can help in understanding a topic much faster than theoretical classes. Projects based on the topics taught in school will encourage children to express their creativity on their own and also to learn in depth the topic individually and in collaboration with their peers. In a way, it also improves the child’s social interaction skills, as they gain confidence through the teamwork and collaboration that they will do in the project based learning method.

The Orchids curriculum is a combination of programming and robotics. Yes, “We have created a unique and student-friendly curriculum where computer science and robotics work hand in hand.” Ibrahim says.

Student’s overall development

Coding enhances an individual’s cognitive and logical thinking abilities.

Coding makes solving mathematical problems easier, and building robots while inducing various mechanical devices. Coding is basically written instructions that a robot or computer program can read and then execute accordingly. Students are asked to select the task they want to complete with a robot, design to achieve it, and then direct the robot to display the result. The most popular language in robotics is C/C++. Python is also very popular due to its use in machine learning.

The curriculum is age-appropriate, based on students’ maturity, experience and level of understanding, and will be upgraded each year.

However, though, the inclusion of new age courses like robotics in the curriculum is a huge leap forward for the Indian education system.

It will only reach its true potential if we as academics and industry players along with government entities can ensure the end of the digital divide in rural and urban areas. We have to do justice to education, and only then as a nation can we all advance at the required speed.



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