CNR 2012: Exhibition: Bots High (USA)
Bots High follows three teams of high school robotics geeks who build and battle their way to a national robotics competition in Miami. Our heroes include genius inventor Will, who constructs seemingly indestructible bots that unfortunately self-destruct (sometimes in a cloud of smoke and flames), and My Mechanical Romance, a team of Catholic school girls who stand out amid male bot participants with a combination of beauty, brains, and fashion sense.
Math and Science Education in
The US is trailing the rest of the world in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education. It's ranked 24th in Math and 28th in Science.
There's also a huge gender gap. While boys and girls are equally prepared to pursue engineering fields when graduating high school, only 16% of engineering students are female. 10% of professional engineers are women.
Bots High highlights a fantastic solution to this education problem by engaging students in science and engineering through robotics. Furthermore, most of the teams featured in the film are all-girls teams, proving that there doesn't need to be a gender gap and inspring those that watch the film.
[image source: Coffee and Celluloid]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]
Joey Daoud is the Director of the documentary Bots High (2011).
The American documentary by Joey Daoud will be shown several times with Czech subtitles at the exhibition during the Cafe Neu Romance festival (27.-29. of November 2012 from 9:30am - 1pm each day) at the Galerie NTK.