Technology Connection to STEAM Education
We now know that STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, but in the world of academia there is a lack of consensus as to what STEAM means in terms of practical implementation for teachers and schools within the framework of the curriculum.
At Silvestri STEAM Academy it is our belief that tightly integrating these subject areas is vital because they are intrinsically linked and build on each other in the real world. We also believe in having electives that target the specific areas of STEAM.
Technology can be defined in many terms, but we are focusing on AI (artificial intelligence) in the form of robotics. Technology is critical for innovation and most, if not all, jobs of the future will be using technology.
Dr. Pregosin teaches Robotics 7-8 and Advanced Robotics. Educational robotics is a broad term that refers to a collection of activities, instructional programs, physical platforms, educational resources and pedagogical philosophy.
What is Robotics?
Essentially, a robot is a mechanical device that can be programmed to follow a set of instructions. The robot has a processing unit, sensors to perceive its environment, and motors and actuators to move its limbs or wheels. It may also speak, make other sounds, or flash with lights and colors in response to the environment based on the programming.
Robots need the ability to follow programmed instructions and not just be controlled remotely.
Robot competitions are exciting for any age group. It helps them channel competitive instincts in a positive way. In the example, below Dr. P's students built the robots, the put them through the paces of picking up a ball and placing it in a basket in a timed exercise. The competition was good fun for all and students were excited about their peers wins as well!
There’s no doubt that there will be a need for people to be involved in programming mechanical devices in the foreseeable future. The drone industry has taken off. According to The Economist, more than 15,000 drones are being sold in the US each month.
By programming robots, students can discover if they have aptitude and interest in a job market of the future.