Schools in Australia lets students study robotics from an early age, owing to availability of affordable robots.
Open-source technologies are involved in producing robotics as a more accessible subject for disadvantaged schools of Australia. According to Australia’s national school curriculum, students will be able to experiment with simple, programmable devices such as robots after just three years of primary school. The school curriculum should allow students to program a robot to recognize particular objects and to treat them differently, when the students reach 7 and 8 years.
Angus McPherson, STEM learning specialist of Maryborough Education Centre in Victoria, said, “in the past, the price of robotics equipment was a barrier that schools struggled to overcome.” There were few selected schools with robotic equipment, the numbers rose in the last two years due to the availability of low cost robots during this period.
The schools provide several do-it-yourself robotics kits, made entirely from components that can be bought on the open market, which cost about US$ 100 per robot or less as per the material used. , Dr. Simon Egerton, of La Trobe University’s deputy head of Computer Science, built the humanoid design of a mini-robot, which is 20 centimeters tall with an LED face and two movable arms. “This project was specifically designed to be low cost, specifically designed to make this technology accessible right across the board to all sectors,” Dr Egerton said.
Moreover, the humanoid mini robot could be programmed as per the student’s convenience with some imagination. Egerton said the miniature humanoids were a specimen of a dynamic technology that these students would face in their workplaces. The exposure to robotics from an early age might open new inquisitiveness in the minds of children, which can pave ways and means for greater discovery to unearth in the near future.