3. This list is pretty cool – AI cannibals, rogue chatbots, philosophical AI-powered digital assistants, and more.

4. Not all of the robots on this list are scary–WALL-E is pretty awesome. Explore this rundown for a look at some of the most memorable robots, both endearing and unsettling.

5. Here, you’ll find a breakdown of seven creepy things robots have already done, to the surprise of their creators. There’s also a caution to programmers to make sure their algorithms are solving specific problems and not “exploiting shortcuts.”

For all the hype, movies and theories about scary and “borderline human” robots could very well inspire students to delve into robotics education to learn the “whys” behind robotics. In fact, much of today’s impactful teaching focuses on the “why” behind the concept being taught.

When it comes to STEM concepts such as robotics, educators and students alike may wonder why they should learn robotics if they don’t plan to pursue it in college or the workforce. The answer? Robotics education will help students for life.

Students are more engaged when they understand how classroom concepts apply in the real world. Learning how robotics, science, engineering, and other STEM concepts are used to solve complex problems speaks to the “why” behind robotics education. When students tackle a group robotics challenge, for example, they’re building collaboration and teamwork skills as they learn to work with one another and listen to each team member’s input. Communication skills are emphasized, as is grit–the ability to persist in meeting a challenge even if they first fail or experience setbacks.

Learn more about how robotics can impact students for life.

Laura Ascione
About the Author:

Laura Ascione

Laura Ascione is the Managing Editor, Content Services at eSchool Media. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland's prestigious Philip Merrill College of Journalism. Find Laura on Twitter: @eSN_Laura

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