It is pretty amazing to think about how far we’ve come with technology over the past three generations. Things our grandparents couldn’t even begin to imagine are now the things our children take for granted. With as far as we’ve come already, it can be hard to believe that we are just beginning to scratch the surface of what is possible going into the future.
Opportunities for our children to make a difference in the quality of our lives using new technology are boundless. In particular, the field of robotics and robotics engineering is exploding and will likely be a major draw for young talent in the coming years. Giving your child the opportunity to “nerd-out” in robotics is fun for them now, but it has a very real potential to lead them straight into a dream career as well. And what a better opportunity to reinforce those skills during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine!
Robotics is a ton of fun no matter what your background is in. If you are preparing your kiddo for their first robotics competition, here are some things to keep in mind.
We at RobotLAB understand the importance of doing something with your kids and keep them entertained during this Coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine. That's why we want to share with you eleven STEM activities to do at home!
On behalf of everyone here at RobotLAB, our hearts go out to all those impacted by COVID-19. Our focus is, as always, is on the health and safety of our employees, customers and communities.
The situation is changing rapidly, and the government has ordered a mandatory shut down of all business in San Francisco Bay Area effective Tuesday, March 17. The office will be closed but our personnel will be online working remotely.
Shipments will not be able to be picked up nor delivered at our locations till further notice.
Training and support calls can be performed as scheduled, we accept new training and support requests as well
To the extent we have inventory, our team is preparing your orders, so they will go out the moment the lock-down will be lifted
Support for fiscal deadlines for bids and other budgetary timelines (price quote requests, product demos, etc.) are all intact
We are available via email or phone for any of your questions or concerns during this challenging time.
There is no question this is a time of great uncertainty. While we don’t know exactly what the future may hold, we feel confident that by sticking together (6ft apart, after washing hands!) and supporting each other, we’ll emerge from this stronger than before.
We will resume normal operation, and speed up your order delivery when it’s safe to do so.
Follow UNICEF's guidance on how to keep your school virus free. Take action and join the schools that have moved forward and deployed robots to stop the pandemic, and make sure it won't come back!
Dr. Fauci warned this virus possibly become a seasonal cyclic thing. Even when this wave will be over, viruses won't. Take action now and keep your community safe and healthy.
Let robots do the dull and dangerous job, not humans! Breathing disinfectants every day isn't a good idea for the long run, holding a UVC sanitation light can cause skin cancer, and vacuuming floors simply isn't enough.
As we can see around us now, the health of our community is far too important and requires a systematic and meticulous approach, a task that only robots can perform successfully. That's why schools employ robots with the required skills to disinfect their spaces, an approach that offers a better quality and a cost-efficient protection to their students and staff.
Learn more here!
We at RobotLAB know how scary it can be with the CoronaVirus out there. Please keep your tech clean at school or home and lower the chance of transferring the virus! Watch the following video and learn how to clean your robots properly!
The first thing to understand is that cognitive computing is part of artificial intelligence (AI), or a subset of artificial intelligence.
There are many definitions of AI, with many tech companies formulating their own definitions depending on what their aim is for AI.
Teachers crave motivation and inspiration in their pursuit to teach the world’s future citizens how to function within society. That is not to say that they are not committed to their work; they are. Teaching is often a thankless job that drains them of their energy and sometimes their desire to teach.
Teachers can get beaten down by the day to day routine, whether by students, parents, supervisors, or the media. To create a prosperous environment where both teachers and, by association, students to thrive, we need to continue maintaining teacher morale. Here are three tips to keep teachers inspired:
As we sail through the 21st century, technology in the classroom is becoming more and more predominant. Tablets are replacing our textbooks, and we can research just about anything that we want to on our smartphones. Social media has become commonplace, and the way we use technology has completely transformed the way we live our lives.
Educators, too, have seen firsthand the benefits of technology in the classroom. They also recognize the importance of developing these technological skills in students so they will be prepared to enter the workforce once they complete their schooling.
Teachers are a huge influence on a student’s choice of subject matter or their decision to pursue a STEM career. The evidence from the ICM-S survey suggests that students’ decisions to study STEM in college can be directly influenced by classroom instruction and teacher advising. However, student motivation can be a huge problem for even the best of teachers. But teachers also face a lot of challenges when it comes to STEM education.
Here are the top challenges that most teachers face and a few suggestions for how to tackle them.
As new technology emerges and most work is done online, it is more important than ever to teach students how to adapt in the ever-changing digital world they live. This is where “Future Ready” schools and “Future Ready” educators become essential.
The Alliance for Excellent Education describes, “Future Ready is a free, bold new effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts move quickly toward preparing students for success in college, a career, and citizenship.” As school districts invest in developing Future Ready schools, educators must also make sure they are preparing to embrace digital learning to be “future ready” educators. What does this look like?
As a science teacher, keeping girls in STEM is something I strive for. A few years ago, my school was fortunate enough to have a Techbridge Girls after-school program. Techbridge Girls is a nonprofit organization focused on keeping girls in STEM. It provides role models, families, and organizations with training, curriculum, and support to girls in undeserved areas.
The co-teacher of the after-school program was a female college student who shared her own struggles and successes in the STEM field. The curriculum included the girls adjusting the design of a robotic wooden dinosaur until it could walk a short distance without falling over, disassembling a hair dryer to determine what made it work, properly soldering five locations on an electronic circuit board, and engineering a gumball machine. I witnessed the girls' confidence grow as the weekly tasks increased in difficulty. With each struggle, they needed to find their own solution and with each solution, they found success. The experience gave them a glimpse of what their future could consist of.