STEM Pack 7: Robotics

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Digital Technology – Digital systems; Programming

Additional: Engineering; Ethics; Technology; Careers

Years:  7, 8, 9, 10

Students explore the latest STEM careers – the science and scientists – through videos, research and discussion.

The aim of each STEM Careers Pack is twofold: first, to make students aware of the wide variety of STEM careers there are and; secondly, to help students understand the nature of scientific knowledge, how science influences society and how society influences science (i.e. Science as a Human Endeavour).

During their explorations students will also appreciate how the different areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics interact and are interdependent. They will develop their own STEM literacies and competencies.

In STEM Career Pack 7: Robotics students will learn about the ways in which robots and robotics are transforming research, design and manufacturing. There are many outcomes of the technologies in this area that are already with us, including industrial automation on a mass scale. But some of the most exciting applications that have recently begun to emerge include machines that literally replace body parts, such as fully functional artificial limbs. This pack delivers many of the Design and Technology – Design & Understanding criteria from the National Curriculum (v8.3), and all tasks are mapped to Science as a Human Endeavour as well as the core capabilities, making it ideal to deliver cross curricular lessons as well.

STEM Career Packs 5–8 focus on four interest areas: 3D printing, Art Conservation, Robotics and Forensics. It is anticipated that students who don’t typically like ‘science’ but are interested in 3D printers, art restoration, robots or CSI television shows, will come to see how their interests relate to the science they study at school and STEM career possibilities.

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