Some might say the world is becoming more automated by the day. Robots and artificial intelligence permeate our everyday lives, from doing the dangerous jobs that humans previously performed in manufacturing to asking Apple’s Siri where the nearest coffee shop is. Engineers and educators are starting to see the advantages of teaching young students, from elementary students to high school seniors, the basics of building and operating robots. And they’re doing it in novel ways that are meant to cut costs without cutting learning possibilities.
Below the cut, read about two companies started by engineering students who are bringing robotics to classrooms around the country.