It is National Robotics Week currently, so today Georgia Tech had an open house event where they held tours of their robotics lab. Some of my friends successfully pulled together a some what last minute field trip so that we could go check out this event today and it was really fun!
It was a small group of sophomores that went, 10 including our teacher but it was a nice size to be able to engage more with our tour guide and fit into smaller labs.
Most of us on the trip, myself include, are wanting to go into some sort of engineering degree so it was nice to be able to get a glimpse at some of the work college students are doing. I don’t know if computer science is really my calling, but since I love design thinking I see myself working with lots of different kinds of engineers in the future in order to create innovative solutions to human centered problems.
All of us that went on the trip couldn’t help but think about why we don’t go on more field trips in high school. It is a great way to experience real world learning and get out of your standard environment of a single classroom. Plus a lot of us were “missing” science and math class which is exactly what we were talking about while away so is it really “missing”? We may have missed a lesson (actually we missed doing a lab with ice melting and then boiling and a math test for me), but we got to see applications for what we will be able to do with our math and science with further lessons, especially with more calculous work.
There was someone using eye sensing technology to improve human engagement with robots. Someone working on a robot to help people find the best exit in an emergency. Someone helping a man that can only move his head and left thumb do everyday tasks with the use of robots, and many other cool projects.
It was a fun day, and the GT labs looked like a fun place to work in with their big open spaces for testing prototypes. I can’t wait for the day when MVPS gets a makers space at the high school!!! #thefuture