Robotics focuses science and technology on the creation of robots—artificially created mechanical devices that appear to have intent or agency of their own. Robotics education is frequently used as a source of enrichment for advanced students because it provides an excellent opportunity for students to use skills in technology, science, engineering, problem solving, and teamwork. This entry describes the history of robotics and robotics education programs.


Word Origin

The term robotics was unknowingly coined by Isaac Asimov, whose mid-20th-century science fiction short stories and novels popularized the notion of machines taking on human characteristics and fulfilling human roles. The root word robot is derived from the Czech word robota, meaning “forced labor.” Josef Capek developed the term robot, which was used by his brother, Czech playwright Karel ...

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