EYFS units: The Robotics Engineer
Resources and activities themed around a STEM job, to build language and understanding around the world of work.
Robotics engineers design, build and programme machines to do jobs more easily than a human could. These might be jobs that are repetitive, very dangerous, difficult or in very tiny spaces. This could be in factories, in medicine or even in space.
Robotics engineers are:
Creative when they design and build robots for different jobs.
Observant as they need to find and fix faults in robots and computer code.
Resilient because they need to try lots of different ways to design, build and programme robots before they get them to work properly.
Our EYFS units provide enabling environments with teaching and support from adults. Reflecting on the characteristics of effective teaching and learning, children will have opportunity to learn and develop by:
• playing and exploring – children investigate and experience things, and ‘have a go’
• active learning – children concentrate and keep on trying if they encounter difficulties, and enjoy achievements
• creating and thinking critically – children have and develop their own ideas, make links between ideas, and develop strategies for doing things
Taken from Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
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We have designed these STEM focused questions to use alongside the questioning you would usually use when reading a story.
Download questions for Robots, Robots Everywhere! here.
These adult led activities and provocations will support the introduction of the robotics engineer career to the children in your setting.
We have included these links to our related STEM at home activities. These could be sent out for families to try at home, or run in school at a family session.
Visit our STEM at home Robot Coding page.
You can download our robotics engineer poster to use in your setting.
A robotics engineer uses their knowledge of engineering science and technology, computer operating systems, hardware and software and design skills to research, design and create what customers want to automate.
Robotics engineers use computer aided design (CAD) to design processes and parts, then build and test prototypes. After finding and fixing faults, they demonstrate finished products to customers.
Robotics engineers may also analyse data from robot sensors and cameras and research new ways to use robots and artificial intelligence.