Introduction (?) to Robotics
In my university days, It was pretty excited to take an elective course about robotics. Learning the true mathematics behind all these smooth, accurate and repeatable motions, understanding the harmony of each joint while they are working together, and the idea of making a great contribution to the industry was motivating me so good to attend the robotics class every single day.
However, days passed into weeks, and I started to question the name of the course. Because I was thinking that we engineering students were not being "introduced" with robotics enough. I can count several reasons for the problems, so here they are.
Lack of Hands-On Experience
In many robotics training, our professor had to draw all link-chains and coordinate relations between each joint on the whiteboard, and we had no any option but copying all robot models into our notebooks.
Even universities have their own robotics laboratories, sparing amount of time for working on real robots for each student does not sound like an efficient solution. That is why students have a lack of hands-on experiments and stuck into drawings demotivates their learning skills.
Limited Amount of Time for Education
In many other lectures, students have a chance to practice what they learned at home with required environments. However, in robotic lessons, students have not a common-used platform to do their homework or share their results with their classmates. Robotics students use their highest amount of focus at classes but have no useful environments to spare more time for their education.
What to Do For a Better "Introduction"?
To explore new future talented engineering students, we should focus on educational needs more specific. In Robotics education, both professors and students need more digital platforms to practice their knowledge, do their researches or just for doing their homework. Like an interface bridges between digital/educational world and physical/industrial world. I am crossing my fingers to see these days.
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