More schools may look to offer robotics
Like in the United States, knowledge of robots will likely become an integral part of school education in China in the not-sodistant future, if some forwardthinking technology firms have their way.
Already, STEM — an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — is part of an inter-disciplinary approach that marks school education in developed countries.
The US is the leader in this respect. The Obama administration allocated $240 million last year to promote STEM-centric education. The total investment in this sector so far by the US government has reached $1 billion.
Sui Shaolong, chief operating officer of RoboTerra Inc, an educational robotics company located in Silicon Valley in the US, said: “Compared with the traditional education model, school education that includes robotics in the curriculum could let students learn how to analyze and solve problems. Building or assembling a robot could strengthen students’ skills and sharpen their thinking ability in terms of space and structure.”
Designing and writing the robot’s programs will develop students’ logical thinking, and team work will enhance their interpersonal communication and ability to cooperate, Sui said.
RoboTerra has provided solutions for robot curriculum and STEM-centric education to dozens of schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and Shenzhen.
Children play at a Lego Experience Center in Shanghai, the 14th in the world, which opened in April. Children are increasingly showing keen interest in intelligent toys as toymakers use advanced technologies to integrate learning and analytical skills into play time.