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A Purdue University study indicates that, for the first time, the first “robotized” class is graduating. As many as seven people, nine of them women, are taking the classes as part of their master’s programs in advanced computer engineering.

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The group included four engineering majors, one master’s student, and one master’s student in mechanical engineering. A complete list of degree requirements was not immediately available, but here’s how the class conducted itself.

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“Our testing was conducted mainly in the background of both men and women and we used computer algorithms to learn more about engineering than what we might ordinarily have to with a real world environment,” said Doug Chandler, one of the core researchers involved in the project. “Also, the students were instructed to be patient and to keep working together—which is not always the optimal environment.”

For more than two weeks, the class worked on robotics and computer skills for a variety of projects, including designing and writing a mock mock first aid kit.

(Wait, did I just say that’s exactly the role of a real first aid kit? Sort of.)

Chandler and his colleagues found no differences between men and women in the program, and were able to generate data from external studies, which is important given the increasing workplace potential posed by advanced artificial intelligence.

The project seems to have helped prepare some students for real-world endeavors. Aside from some glaring gender disparities, the unique way that the system has been implemented might also be the key to helping students succeed in the field.

“The study validated the best system for instruction from a humanities perspective,” Chandler said. “For example, I found that women were far more likely to pass the testing with or without fail than men. As women enter STEM careers, they will need additional general courses to teach all the classes necessary to thrive.”