Robotics to promote problem-solving skills
If you thought robots and technological gadgets where only meant for engineers and inventors think again! Staff members of the Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology at the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal Triangle) recently learnt more about the science of Robotics and in the process discovered that robotics not only represent a vibrant social experience but also a intervention to develop problem-solving skills which may be used in all aspects of life.
A delegation from Trophy Computers and Robotics (TCR Robotics) visited the School of Information Technology and lecturers had the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the advantages:
► the encouragement of creative thought;
► conceptual thinking and an interest in SET (Science, Engineering and Technology).
Staff members from the School of Information Technology present during the robotics demonstration where, from left Prof Phillip Pretorius (Director), Me Sun van der Linde and Me Malie Zeeman. Pictured with them are two representatives of TCR Robotics.
According to Ms Malie Zeeman, a lecturer at the School of IT, the thinking behind robotics and the practical implementation thereof can assist students by stimulating their thought process and as a direct result of this, the throughput rate will increase.
The School of IT also indicated that the field of Robotics represents an interesting field for research especially in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering on the Potchefstroom Campus. “Since IT software development focuses on the engineering and the mechanics of robots there are ample research opportunities,” says Ms Zeeman.
During the visit the School of IT furthermore indicated their interest in taking part in the various annual robotics competitions. These competitions will be focused on a first year level. According to Ms Zeeman the field of robotics are expensive but would fit within the scope of the school’s extended programme for BSc IT students.
Published by Sipho Msolo on 06 May 2011.