STEAM education is cross-disciplinary. Robotic education is the best pathway for implementing STEAM education. As an extension of in-class learning, the OneWorld Robotics Competition challenges students to apply STEAM-related skills through robotics to solve real-world problems. The competition inspires students to develop critical-thinking and creative problem-solving skills, engage in collaborative teamwork and utilize effective communication, all critical to students’ future success.
The inaugural OneWorld Robotics Competition category for 2019 will be “Smart Cites.” A smart city is a city that is better able to cope with the demands of an increasingly over-populated, more globalised world. A smart city will be a city that is highly data-driven, demanding that world leaders understand technology such as the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence, and the myriad of digital technologies now available.
To develop cites in order to make them “smart” also entails making them more “inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.” This will also involve considerations such as the need for higher data transfer speeds, greater storage capacities, better sensors, and faster vehicle-to-vehicle infrastructure exchanges as we contend with modern technologies to alleviate the changing situation. There will also be relevant legal, social, and ethical implications as a result, including issues such as environmental impact, regulating traffic and accidents, and consequent privacy and cybersecurity risks. In the OneWorld Robotics Competition, students will have to consider all of these challenges through their application of robotics.
The OneWorld Robotics Competition challenges students from all over the globe to apply STEAM-related skills through robotics to solve real-world problems. Area Competitions will be held over two days, where teams compete in technical challenges as well as present a legal, social, and ethical solutions to AV application in Smart Cites. The Global Competition will involve the top three teams from all Area Competitions competing over five days. Students will have their projects assessed by a panel of industry experts. As the students take on the timely category of “Smart Cites” they will contemplate topics such as the benefit of Autonomous Vehicles in alleviating the problems associated with transport congestion and over-population, while honing their critical thinking skills.
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