Magazine article Techniques

Robotics

Magazine article Techniques

Robotics

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STEM,THE INTEGRATION OF THE DISCIPLINES OF science, technology, engineering and math, promotes 21st-century critical thinking, problem solving and knowledge, which are essential for student success.

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One of the new and exciting emerging fields in career and technical education (CTE) is robotics education, which should come as no surprise since robotics is STEM, incorporating each of its components.

Over the last five years the growth of robotics programs and after-school clubs in high schools has been phenomenal. Much of this growth has been driven by robotics competitions hosted by organizations like SkillsUSA and FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). As an example, in Washington state, the number of students involved in the FIRST WA robotics competitions increased by 2,356 students, or 26 percent, from the 2012-2013 to the 2013-2014 school year, according to the organization's website. Students are attracted to these competitions because they are hands-on, project-oriented and competitive, allowing them to use their creativity to solve a challenge.

As more and more robotics courses are added to CTE curricula, CTE needs to ensure that these courses are providing the type of hands-on, project-based instruction that requires critical thinking, problem solving, innovation and knowledge. …

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