January 29, 2018
I wanted to start my research on a positive and relatively practical note. I wanted to see how robots are portrayed in the media and by the general public- and therefore what the term “robot” brings to mind. I looked to my local news, TMJ4’s, website and entered “robot” into the search bar. The first story that grabbed my attention was about a local child that’s life has been improved by a robot. Vivian is a three year old in the Milwaukee area and due to medical complications, cannot walk on her own. The St.Francis robotics team was inspired to help her and created a robot that follows her around and stabilizes her walking.
This story is wonderful in two ways. The first is the substantial improvement this technology has made to this toddler’s life. The second is the impressive intelligence of these high school students. Technology has completely changed the curriculum of our k-12 system and had broken barriers in education.