Ben Waddill isn’t a scientist or engineer working on the base. He’s an eighth-grader member of the Immanuel Christian School’s robotics team. Instead of spending his evening solving for “X” in math homework, he was troubleshooting problems in electrical circuitry and gear torque on robots.
Education is becoming more hands-on, and it’s very exciting. One of the most exciting examples of this is the VEX Robotics competitions, where students build and program robots that then compete in robotic sports.