DOBOT Magician Chosen to Help Build Workforce Skills at Dayton Elementary's Makerspace

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In February 2020, Dayton Elementary School opened its Design and Innovation Studio, developed in partnership with IN-MaC, STEM Education Works, and Purdue University’s Polytechnic Institute, which helps students develop hands-on experience with Industry 4.0 technologies.

Through using robotics, coding, and engineering, students in the lab learn technology skills as well as design thinking, problem-solving, and creativity, all of which are employability skills that can be applied in the future workforce. With a shortage of workers qualified to become manufacturing leaders, the lab also helps students explore new career pathways at an early age.

The partners have also developed similar STEM learning labs in large manufacturing plants around Indiana, including Subaru of Indiana Automotive and Honda Manufacturing of Indiana, where students are able to collaborate directly with current innovators in manufacturing and sharpen their skills.

"Some kiddos have never experienced anything like this and nowadays there are so many jobs that need these kinds of skills, coding and things like that that you're not going to get within the four walls of a regular room," -------said Heather Frauhiger, a 2nd-grade teacher from the school.