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STEM, Robotics, and 21st Century Skills

Why should you take a class in robotics in high school? After all, it’s not part of the typical curriculum; it doesn’t necessarily jibe with literature or art, or with biology or government. And yet the classes remain enormously popular. Why so? Robotics is the quintessential hands-on activity. It involves motors, motion, and electronics, aspects of electrical, mechanical and computer engineering and design. There are robots designed for underwater exploration, for investigating underwater volcanoes and sunken ships, and generally for going where the risk prohibits human exploration. There are robots that populate factory floors, that move inventory to where it is needed, robot arms that make cars, and robots that perform surgery—the need of industry for those who have the basic skills to design and maintain such robots is enormous.
At Village Glen, we not only offer classes in Robotics, we compete in it. From the JPL design challenge to FIRST Robotics, we understand the profound and fundamental value of having students exposed to real-world problems, to work collaboratively to meet a design challenge. The lessons learned go far beyond the physics, computing and electronics that are the nuts and bolts of a robotics challenge. They address the intangible, but no less essential, skills of leadership, of perseverance, of cooperation. Students learn to value the ideas of others and to communicate their own ideas clearly. They learn to take risks, to not let fear of failure be a deterrent to innovation; they learn to be creative, to be a contributing member of a team, and to use real-world tools. To my mind, therefore, the real question isn’t why should you take a class in robotics in high school. It is: why wouldn’t you?

Waiting to compete!
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