What is Robotics?
Robotics combines the knowledge and skills of various engineering expertise such as mechanical, electrical and computer science. Machines were designed to make our lives easier by replicating human actions; accordingly robotics focuses on automation of machines that would otherwise perform complex tasks.
Robots depend on sensors, actuators, motors, switches and a power source to carry out desired tasks. These sensors are often called iO (input-output) widgets and future technology heavily relies on these widgets to enhance a machine’s artificial intelligence.
The application of robotics can be found across several industries including automotive, aerospace, industrial manufacturing, IT, health and can be found to be used both by businesses to help drive better business processes through automation and also by hobbyist who create the likes of drones and rc cars as examples.
Benefits to students
- Decision making - Robotics requires an understanding of cause and effect that challenges and enhances student’s problem solving/decision making skills
- Improved logical thinking - students are forced to think in a logical manner and derive clear steps and instructions
- Cross functional - Links together a broad range of topics and skills from coding and programming to science and math
- Learning through play - perceived as very hands on, Robotics is a fun way to utilise and learn about various skills
- Better understand technologies around us - we are surrounded by technology and machines daily; an understanding of robotics would help students appreciate what these technologies mean and how they were formed