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.
Mathematics ELG: Number – Have a deep understanding of number to 10, including the composition of each number;
Mathematics ELG: Numerical Patterns – Compare quantities up to 10 in different contexts, recognising when one quantity is greater than, less than or the same as the other quantity;
Understanding the World ELG: Past and Present – Talk about the lives of the people around them and their roles in society;
Understanding the World ELG: People, Culture and Communities – Describe their immediate environment using knowledge from observation, discussion, stories, non-fiction texts and maps;
Expressive Arts and Design ELG: Creating with Materials
– Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function;
– Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;
– Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.
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.