Masters of Mobility: Robots on the RoadApril 8, 2021
Goals for participating students were two-fold:
- Develop skills associated with programming, information technology (IT), electrical and mechanical engineering by building vehicles that embody each of those concepts.
- Exposure to career pathways in the mobility industry with an emphasis on robotics, sensors, connected, and autonomous vehicle technology.
To provide a real-world experience, Square One Education Network worked with companies to collect and provide 381 robotic vehicle kits, 28 document cameras, 26 PRUSA 3D Printers, 24 hours of training, and two webinar events with industry leaders. This equipment and training allowed students to simulate real-world connected and autonomous vehicle technology by completing mission challenges in a virtual environment.
Carolyn Sauer, senior director for MICHauto had an opportunity to participate in the Dec. 17 webinar focused on manufacturing, saying, “For an industry that needs to quickly build up its workforce for skilled trades, manufacturing, and high-tech roles, like software engineering, this type of experience is necessary to fully engage students in the automotive and mobility field at a young age.”
Demonstrating that students can use their skills and passion for problem-solving and developing technology is important. Allowing them to experience it takes it to the next level, opening their minds to a host of career possibilities right here in Michigan.