Benefit 4: Learn Robotics to gain a better understanding of the world we live in

By Qing Hua, CEO

At Build a Robot K12, in our curiosity and connection discussion time, we ask students questions such as what they like to do in their spare time and how they see robots and coding will help solve problems they encounter in life. A common response is that students would like robots to do their homework and chores. We then explain that many online learning tools are providing various ways for students to understand and apply their knowledge more easily, so that doing homework would be not as intimidating or boring. A student who likes camping brought up the work of carrying things from the parking lot to camp ground. “Maybe we could build a mobile robot to help us carry stuff.” Another one added that they could wear LED lighted camping clothes when it gets dark while out camping.  During COVID, our middle school students used micro:bit to build a prototype distance buzzer. When students get closer than 6 feet, an alarm goes off.

Software is eating the world. “For true revolution to happen, we need software plus hardware,” said Tony Fadell, father of the iPod and co-founder of Nest. In the recent A16z podcast, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel recounted the “machine” that made the vaccine. By “machine”, he meant the platform, the technology, and the moves behind the vaccine’s development. Giving students opportunities to understand the physical world powered by technologies is critical to help them become future problem solvers and leaders. 

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QING HUA

Founder & CEO

Qing is passionate about fusing education, technology, industry, diversity, and human empathy to make this world a better place through education. Before starting Build a Robot K12, Qing worked in the telecommunication industry for 15 years as a senior engineer, engineering manager, and a product manager. Qing holds a MBA and a MS in Telecommunication from University of Colorado at Boulder, a MA in Communications from University of Delaware, and a BS in Electronics Engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. She currently serves on the Colorado Department of Education Gifted Education State Advisory Committee. Outside of work, Qing enjoys books, new tech, music, the outdoors, and exploring new places and cultures.

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