STEM students learn about importance of robots

STEM students learn about the future of the manufacturing industry. (Photo by: WDTN/Jake Ryle)

MIAMISBURG, Ohio (WDTN) — More than 350 students were able to get up close and personal to more than dozen robots.

The demonstration took place at Yaskawa Motoman in Miamisburg. The event focused on allowing science, technology, engineering and math–or STEM students–the chance to see how robotics are used in the manufacturing industry.

Jason Farmer, Yaskawa Motoman Director of Marketing, says Thursday’s field trip hails in comparison to what he had growing up.

“My similar experience was going to a campground and getting to make soap,” he said.

These days, STEM students are buzzing over robotic demonstrations. It’s technology they may use in their future career.

We’re digging deeper into how robots may impact the job market in the industry.

Famer says any robotics at manufacturing facilities can only improve workflow.

“It’s really not that robots replace jobs. We’re bringing a higher level jobs to the workforce,” he said.

He said their robotics are in use at Crown Lift Trucks in New Bremen.

John Rudd, a junior at Middletown High School, said the field trip offered an opportunity to dive into a possible career field.

“I could definitely see myself involved in this field,” he added, “It doesn’t require a lot of direct people-to-people action, and you can get a lot of work done in a small amount of time.”

Robots are providing a big relief for an industry that is in need of it.

“Robots provide them an opportunity of being able to put them into a job that might add more value for the company and are a higher skilled job,” Farmer said.

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