2016 Robotics Education Survey


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The Results Are In...

A top goal of most career technology professionals is giving students access to real-world industrial technology - according to our 2016 survey of nearly 300 ACTE members.

With robotics programs rapidly expanding in K-12, Career Tech, Colleges and Universities, this study offers a broad snapshot of the current state of robotics education.

Some Highlights:

  • Over 70 percent of respondents are looking to implement or expand a robotics program within the next two years.
  • Seventy-one percent of schools say that their general budget is where they draw from to underwrite programs.
  • Only one in four schools say they have active partnerships in place with companies using robotics.

Register to download the full report, and you will be sent access to the survey results, plus filtered data for K-12 and College respondent groups.

As a global industrial robotics manufacturer, Yaskawa Motoman is invested in programs and partnerships dedicated to the advancement of robotics education.

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Posted: 4/24/2019 10:38:55 AM by Bob Graff

Despite a growing concern that the STEM worker shortage could be severe, the future of manufacturing shines a bit brighter thanks to annual events like National Robotics Week. A series of grassroots events and activities during the month of April aimed at increasing public awareness of the importance of the U.S. robotics industry, National Robotics Week offers hands-on experience to students, inspiring them to pursue STEM-related fields. Read More

Posted: 11/27/2018 5:07:35 PM by Bob Graff

Next-generation robotics and manufacturing processes, inspired by Industry 4.0, are prompting the need for a higher level of readiness within the American workforce. Currently, two out of five Americans agree the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) worker shortage is severe1, influencing a shift toward a more dynamic approach to education to adequately fill 3.4 million manufacturing jobs by 2025—2 million of which may go unfilled due to talent unavailability2. So, what can be done to support the staffing needs of the future? Read More

Posted: 4/2/2018 9:33:02 AM by Sarah Mellish

The enthusiasm for automation and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) related fields continues to grow, bringing optimism to the future of the robotics industry. Regional events like TechFest in southwest Ohio and grassroots activities during National Robotics Week have contributed a new level of excitement to audiences of all ages about the cultural impact robotics will continue to have on society.

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Posted: 12/15/2017 1:25:05 PM by Bob Graff

The United States is inadequately prepared to meet the staffing needs for the quantity and quality of entry-level robotics and automation technicians needed in our manufacturing facilities across the country. Recent studies by the Advanced Robotics Manufacturing Institute, Boston Consulting Group and Deloitte report the impact and extent of the manufacturing skills gap, and at the present pace, the industry faces a job shortage of 2 million workers over the next decade1. Read More

Posted: 6/26/2017 9:48:49 PM by Bob Graff

Let’s face it. The public has a surface-level understanding of the robotic engineering industry. Thanks to the media, and some healthy imagination, we envision a new, progressive industry filled with modern engineers, hovercrafts and automated toys. But the robotic engineering industry is neither new, nor occupied by a new breed of engineers (at least not yet). For high school students preparing for STEM careers in this field, it’s important to separate the facts from the fiction and dive into the core of the matter. Here are few things to know: Read More

Posted: 12/5/2016 4:01:09 PM by Buddy Smith

My master’s thesis dealt with job satisfaction in the workplace. At the time I wrote my thesis, I was working for a global manufacturer of aircraft parts. In the mid-1990s, I watched my employer go through massive layoffs, reducing its workforce by more than 60 percent in three years. Watching the turmoil made me aware of how important it is to consider people when dealing with shifting economics, production needs and skill gaps.There is no single best answer when evaluating your need for talent because every manufacturer’s situation, even when it appears similar, is unique. Take these situations for example. Read More

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