STEM-based (science, technology, engineering, math) education is a growing focus within American schools. This year Bedford County high schools are joining the movement. The Robotics course at Bedford Science and Technology Center (BSTC) is the first of a two-year course sequence encouraging student interest in the real world application of science and technology and related careers.
The course will provide instruction in basic computer programming, electronics, motor control, and feedback systems used in assembly and manufacturing settings. In addition, students will learn how to program a microcontroller for robotic manipulation.
Students and parents are encouraged to contact their school guidance counselor for more information on registration details and additional information.
Bedford County Seeks Robotics/Engineering Instructor
As a part of this new STEM course offering Bedford County Schools is seeking a qualified ‘High School – Robotics/Engineering Instructor’ who will be directing student instruction for the Robotics/Engineering program. For more details on this job opening go to the Bedford County Public Schools website.
For additional inquiries about this new course please contact: Fred Conner
Related links and video:
BEST: “Middle and high school robotics competition whose mission is to engage and excite students about engineering, science, and technology as well as inspire them to pursue careers in these fields…”
FIRST: Their mission is to “mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership…”
VEX Robotics: “VEX Education is dedicated to providing engaging and fun student experiences that enable individuals to reach their full potential while they develop the knowledge and skills vital to success in the 21st Century.
Given today’s global challenges compared to the rest of recorded history, there has never been an age with a greater need for new scientists, engineers and problem solving leaders. Recent breakthroughs in chemistry, medicine and physics have revealed a new set of challenges and created even greater opportunity for problem solving through technology. This underscores a dramatic challenge: there are not enough students choosing related paths to meet that global demand.
Recognizing this dilemma, scores of governments and organizations are turning toward programs that integrate science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as a means to meaningfully engage and develop the next generation. VEX Education exists to help schools focus on practical, affordable and accessible ways of delivering dynamic hands-on STEM educational experiences to as many students as possible.”
(video of 2011 Lynchburg VEX tournament by RoboDesigners)