The New York Police Department’s use of a robot dog, also known as the “Digi-dog,” to patrol subway stations and Times Square is a fascinating development that allows children to learn about advanced technologies and their ethical implications.
Equipped with self-driving technology and onboard cameras, the Digi-dog can patrol areas and relay video footage to police officers. It can also use facial recognition technology to search for wanted individuals. While it cannot harm criminals, it is still a powerful tool in law enforcement.
Students must understand the benefits and potential drawbacks of using technologies like the Digi-dog. On the one hand, it can provide a valuable tool for law enforcement to keep our communities safe. However, it also raises concerns about privacy and the potential misuse of the technology.
Moreover, this is also an opportunity to learn about the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) behind the robot dog’s development. Students can learn about the programming and engineering that went into creating the Digi-dog and the different sensors and cameras it uses to navigate its environment. Also, these are the types of occupations that future Collab Kids could help create and develop.
Overall, the New York Police Department’s use of a robot dog is an excellent opportunity for teachers to engage their students in discussions about advanced technologies and their ethical implications and create interest in future STEM careers. While the Digi-dog may be a valuable tool for law enforcement, it is essential to approach these types of technologies with a critical and thoughtful perspective to ensure that they are used responsibly and ethically. By teaching our students about these vital issues, we can prepare them for a future that the continued advancement of technology will undoubtedly shape.
STEM innovation will guide the future, and we should always look for new and innovative methods beyond current solutions. Advancements like these are why the curriculum on our Collab-Lab addresses social-emotional development while bolstering positive child outcomes through STEAM activities.
Our Centers of Excellence use a 21st-century learning framework grounded in a comprehensive research-based curriculum that stresses STEM learning. Getting our future workforce to start thinking, imagining, and solving these critical issues is imperative to developing innovative housing and work-from-home solutions.
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