Engineering has metamorphosed Planet Earth. Everyone is gravitating towards technology, as even the youngest toddlers and the eldest grandparents often entertain themselves with an electronic device. However, as we move forward in this time of astonishing achievements, transformations are transpiring in the people that are accomplishing them.
Five seventh-graders at Aurora Quest School, Joe Peavy, Connor Popp, Nyah Cubbison, Vivian Tran, and Bekah White participated in a competition in which they built and programmed a robot out of LEGOs in order to overcome physical obstacles. Collaborating to ensure the success of their project, they reached the national level, and were featured in the International Society for Technology in Education Conference in Denver. This activity not only allowed an interactive and stimulating way to delve into the world of robotics, it also assisted in team building skills. The five enjoyed their experience, cooperating well together. “We wanted to learn together and have a fun experience together,” says Vivian. “You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn.”
While this contest that the five attempted is incredibly beneficial for their minds and personalities, the team members represent a much larger picture of the modern world and its trajectory.
In the last century, new technological and engineering marvels have arisen rapidly and in drastic numbers, leaving the world stunned as it advances miles in the blink of an eye. Philo Taylor Farnsworth invented the first television in 1927, the first breakthrough that led to the creation of the internet occurred in 1969, the first desktop computer was created in 1975, the first cellular phone in 1973, and the electronic world only excelled more in afterwards. A prominent factor in many of these astounding developments is their innovative and creative characteristics, ideas that often come from youthful minds.
As many often say, children are the future of the world. The juveniles across the planet are what will carry it forward, which is why the introduction to and elaboration of STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) is so heavily encouraged in schools, especially for elementary learners. Two of the Aurora Quest team members, Joe Peavy and Connor Popp, both spoke of their love for engineering and aspiration to continue to pursue it in the future. These youngins, who are currently constructing and programming robots, might soon be the people finding the scientific solutions to climate change, world starvation, and fatal epidemics.