Thanks to a summertime opportunity to have teachers tour a robotics plant, kids will get a better idea of how robots work and what they are used for in manufacturing.
Three dozen teachers from Jackson County, Georgia toured two Athens manufacturing plants using robots in their process. They saw robots helping to assemble earth moving equipment and superchargers. First, they visited the Caterpillar plant, viewing the manufacture of small tractors and hydraulic excavators. Later, they watched Fanuc made robots lift and flip parts with precision movement to manufacture superchargers for Jaguar, Nissan, Ford, and John Deere.
The tours are part of a two year program designed to help teachers know how to guide children into engineering and manufacturing. “So when kids ask, why do we need to know ‘Why do we need to know this,’ they can give a good answer,” said program coordinator UGA engineering professor Tim Foutz.