Getting students ready to tackle tomorrow’s challenges means helping them develop a new set of skills and fresh ways of thinking. Students need opportunities to practice these skills on right-sized projects. They need to persist and learn from setbacks.
The biggest sign is the fact that iRobot—the company responsible for the Roomba and numerous U.S. military robots—began focusing on the elderly market in 2009. Its first effort, Ava, which consists of a robotic mobile platform with a tablet computer, will be tested in hospitals this year.