It wasn’t until 1961–when an inventor named George Devol installed his robot, Unimate, into a General Motors factory in Trenton, New Jersey–that the first modern industrial use of the robot was attempted. Unimate would lift die-cut metal pieces and stack them for the human workers. This development changed the dynamics of robotics and brought them into the workplace, making them pivotal to a business.
Automated machines have taken over the duties of dangerous and mundane jobs from humans, allowing greater productivity. Because robots never tire, extra shifts have been added to factories. Farmers have taken advantage of new technology with automated harvesters, the waste disposal industry has implemented robots in some of its dirtier jobs, and the medical industry benefits from advancements in assisted surgical robotics. The idea of a factory with no human workers has come to fruition. IBM runs a “lights off” factory in Texas completely staffed by fully autonomous robots making keyboards.
Robots’ main position in society are in a capacity to assist humans by taking on the jobs that are dirty, dull or dangerous. Beyond the factory floor, robots have been instrumental in space exploration and performing other tasks that would be impossible for humans to accomplish. The Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity lasted years longer than NASA predicted and stayed on the mission far past the time any manned mission could have functioned. The Chernobyl meltdown site contains radiation levels that would kill any human. As such, the Pioneer robot was developed to enter the remains of the facility to address structural stability.
We offer multiple levels of robotics programs and platforms (Lego Mindstorm, mBOT, Dash and others) which are age based. The rigor of our approach and program increases as the students get older. We also support our student teams in various robotic competitions – Wonder League Robotics, FIRST Lego League.
Our robotics program covers everything related to robotics – starting from “what is a robot” to creating your own competitive robot. Learn robotic concepts, operation principles and algorithms. Students will learn scientific principles as they build multiple robots including a Line Tracer, Avoider, Battle Robot, Soccer Robot, and more.