Why We Need Robotics in Education at Various Levels

May 19, 2021

We lost the first half of digitization” – Timotheus Höttges, CEO of Deutsche Telekom. 

As one of the strongest economies in Europe, it is quite surprising that not many German companies made it to the list of the top 100 companies in the world when ranked according to market capitalization. In fact, just one German company (SAP) made it to this listHowever, Germany is well known for strong engineering architecture and world-leading car manufacturing firms. This is what makes me confident that we will have the chance to win the second half – the digitization of the industry.

The new era of digitization presents another opportunity for German companies to win the second half, if only today’s engineering and manufacturing firms make a shift towards digital engineering. Nevertheless, we are still far behind in the methods used to train the younger generation today and this is a key factor in determining the results we expect to see in the near future. The pre-requisites laid down by the present-day engineering and manufacturing firms are strong enough to give us a good boost in the second half but without making this necessary shift to digital education, we simply cannot win.  

I’m strongly convinced that in order to bridge the gap between the status-quo and our future goals, there are certain actions that need to be taken:

Integrate the required technical knowledge into educational systems at various levels

School curriculums should include content around new digital innovations as they are being developed within the industry. For instance, robots should be made accessible to the younger generation not just technically but also from an emotional point of view. Currently, robots are still perceived as complex and dangerous equipment. Hence, they are only accessible to a small niche of people from a certain age. However, with the development of collaborative robots (cobots), robots can now work hand in hand with humans of all ages. Also, modern technologies such as Wandelbots Teaching solution, make robot programming as easy as mobile gaming. This means that robots can now be accessible to everyone and should no longer be seen as mere machines only usable on shop floors. 

Educate tomorrows robotics experts beginning with those who will launch their careers in the industry within the next decade

The traditional robot programming methods are becoming obsolete. In the same way, the traditional robot programming experts are becoming extinct. Therefore, we need to act now and equip the younger generation with the knowledge required to transform the industry in the second half such as the use of modern robot teaching software and no-code solutions.  

Establish participating vocational schools as thought leaders and early adopters

The vocational schools that incorporate digital education into their systems early on, become recognized as thought leaders, producing highly skilled graduates with the right digital knowledge needed to excel in the industry. 

Enable the industry to access robot experts quickly 

The presence of numerous robot experts reduces the cost (in terms of time and money), incurred by companies when automating their processes. This makes the shift towards digitization more rewarding for such companies. The predicted number of installed robots will increase dramatically over the next years and without educating our next generation we’ll run into a huge gap of necessary experts.

Build a strong ecosystem of industry and education to jointly win the second half of digitization

Industrial growth is highly dependent on educationThis is why winning the second half of digitization is more feasible when both worlds collaborate effectively. Institutional leaders must always be up to date on the needs of the industry, not just for today but for the future. These needs must be incorporated into the system as early as possible. 

We are well-equipped to win the second half, but we need to act now.  

Wandelbots makes it easy for everyone, including school children, to work with robots and become robot experts. Our solution enables robot-teaching by mere demonstration, without writing a single line of programming code. We offer a special discounted license of our product for educational institutions. To find out more, speak to an expert directly. 

We lost the first half of digitization

Timotheus Höttges, 
CEO of Deutsche Telekom

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