Remember what you have been thinking about robots when you were a little kid? You probably have been as euphoric about them as all little girls and boys are (and some of us grown-ups, too). Maybe you even dreamed about building your own C3PO or R2D2 at some point.
By the time we got into universities and started to learn the physical and electrical principles necessary to develop the robot of our dreams we were usually already focused on a job and career plan and didn’t pursue the dream of building our own electronic assistant anymore.
In a time in which electronics are a large part of our lives and a growing number of robotic technology is used in all kinds of applications surrounding us we should do something about this and help the next generations of engineers to realise their dreams!
The little engineers attend class
In Odense, Denmark a team consisting out of engineers, scientists and teachers now started a project which aims to achieve exactly that. In the “Technology School”, which is located in and supported by the University of Southern Denmark the students are 10-18 years old and can register for the course “Awesome Robots”.
Learning the basics with Lego
In evening lessons volunteering experts help the inquisitive little technology inventors of tomorrow to build their own robots. To do so the students learn what a robot is, how a robotic system is designed and which mechanics are behind it. In order to help them to develop robots which are capable of for example cleaning up a room or painting and drawing they further get educated in electronics in order to understand how electrical components work with each other and how a system is build up.
The youngest R&D team on the planet?
Last but not least they receive support with the software for their robotics projects which helps the students to create programs sophisticated enough to enable the robots to make their own decisions.
In order to support this project Universal Robots, STMicroelectronics and EBV Elektronik joined as sponsors and help the inventors of tomorrow realising their ideas.
Along with hardware the students work on their software skills
The school attracted so many applications that they already had to start a waiting list. We hope the young engineers are as successful as the project itself with their robotic inventions and will have fun with the technology of tomorrow!