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First robotics curriculum launched

Robotics curriculum launched at Bett Show to inspire future engineers

Posted by Stephanie Broad | January 22, 2016 | Technology

The first robotics curriculum aimed at GCSE students was unveiled at this year’s Bett Show, the leading education technology event.

The new syllabus will inspire and prepare key stage three and four students for a career in engineering. Students will learn theoretical and practical skills behind how FANUC robots are installed, programmed, and maintained within a manufacturing environment, working both individually and as part of a team.

The step-by-step, 12-part lesson plan will challenge pupils with new ways of thinking and problem solving, to equip them with the right skills to become the future engineers of tomorrow.

The curriculum aims to inspire the next generation of engineers

Tom Bouchier, managing director of FANUC UK who co-created the curriculum, said: “The science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM) shortage facing the UK engineering sector is a growing issue that needs to be addressed.

“Our partnership with VEX robotics will help towards resolving this issue, providing STEM skills from an early age and supporting career development. It is also important that an increasing number of girls are encouraged to pursue a future in engineering, as a way of solving the gender imbalance that currently persists within the industry.”

Phil Holton, Head of Design & Technology at Bromley High School, added: “The autonomous robotics project has been carefully planned to bring the industrial experience of robotic design and operation into the classroom with engaging and challenging stages of both physical building and programming.” 

Paul McKnight, Head of Operations, VEX Robotics Europe said: “The curriculum is an exciting opportunity to give students a hands-on experience of robotic engineering. We hope the new curriculum will inspire and educate children, equipping them to become the engineers of the future.”

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