Robotics is a hands-on and fun way for kids to learn STEM concepts by letting them make their own robots. Robotics is a branch of technology that deals with the making, programming, and designing of robots. In today’s’ technology-driven world, it’s important now more than ever to prepare students for the future. Teaching robotics to young students throughout their schooling can increase their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and more productive members of society. By teaching our students the basics of robotics, we can open a whole new world to them and exciting opportunities that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
- An Introduction to Programming: Learning to program a computer is an excellent skill to have to make students more likely to get a job in the future and earn more money in their lifetime. Teaching young students, the abstract subject of programming can be a challenging feat. Programming is often too complex for most students to grasp. Robotics is a simpler to understand and more tangible introduction to programming.
- Increases Creativity: Robotics is a production-based learning module. Students have the opportunity to create something tangible and make it perform the actions that they program it to do. When students are given the opportunity to create something interactive that they think is cool, their engagement levels increase, and they retain more information.
- Prepare them for the future: It’s no secret that jobs in the STEM field are the fastest growing careers and are projected to grow another 17 percent in the next decade. Industries such as the drone industry has grown dramatically and rapidly in the last couple of years. The Economist has reported that more than 15,000 drones are being sold in the US every month. Growing industries such as these are going to need people who can come up with new and innovative ideas and be equipped with the knowledge to design and create the technology needed.
- Teaching Children How to Turn Frustration into Innovation: Learning how to build and program a robot can be a complex and difficult process. Many students will struggle with the concepts at first and often get frustrated. Robotics in schools can help these students turn their frustration into creativity and innovation. This is a valuable life lesson that teaches our students perseverance and determination when faced with challenges. Students learning robotics are able to channel their frustration into trying harder and aiming higher. All their hard work makes looking at that finished product even sweeter at the end. Not only does teaching students robotics teach them how to persist and solve problems, but it also helps them increase their maturity levels and prepare them for real-world situations.