Project Details: Podcasting and Presentation
- Project Partner:
- Students Involved:
The project was available to all 5th-grade students at Danville Elementary as a part of a learning module. 50 students participated.
- Topic Areas Covered:
Robotics and automation in manufacturing.
- Skills Strengthened:
Successful team collaboration, audio presentation, constructing a researched argument.
Engineers from ABB visited the classrooms to explain their roles to the students and give students some insight into the industry. Once students learned about how a manufacturing cycle works (from prototypes to mass production), they were asked to create an argument for why robotics and automation are important in the industry. Students created podcasts in groups to explain why it is important to move manufacturing into the future with the integration of new technologies, engaging in research, planning the project, and creating a team logo along the way. Students discussed job security and expansion opportunities for computer programmers and designers with the addition of newer technologies in manufacturing. Once students finished their end products, the ABB engineers returned to the classroom to observe the podcasts and give the students real-time feedback.
Mr. Allsup really enjoyed having the opportunity to facilitate the project and hopes to add more experiences like this to his curriculum in the future.
The ABB engineers involved had the opportunity to expose a new generation to the processes and daily challenges faced in the manufacturing industry. They also shared their personal journeys in education, letting students know the different paths that are available in order to become an engineer.