Today’s youth are very much interested in science and technology. They also know that their knowledge in the field will open up new career opportunities. To kindle interest in those fields, youngsters should engage in technology activities, which will help build up mastery of essential technologies, and invigorate the classroom.
Teaching robotics in the classroom helps to make students creators of apps, programmes and inventions rather than becoming mere passive purveyors of technology. Robotics enables to develop a dynamic mindset in students, as well as nourish their thoughts and imagination to improve our world.
It moves students away from the private interface of a computer screen and into an active social community. Not only does the space of the student’s world increases in size, but also the benefits that computer science has to offer.
With technological advancement, the accessibility of robotics to the layperson has also improved. Two decades ago we could not have imagined the possibility of teaching robotics in the classroom. Robotics kits were not very advanced and limited to simple structures and motors. Now they are complicated enough to utilize a huge number of sensors and motors as well as interface with a desktop computer to allow for vigorous programming experiences, that too at affordable cost.
Here are some of the benefits of teaching robotics in the classroom.
Robotics helps children learn with all of their senses, as its focus is on dynamic, hands-on development. It is proven that to activate a larger number of cognitive connections you need a multi-sensory approach. Robotics engages the students emotionally and physically, which are essential for active learning and superior long-term experimental recall.
People learn from each other through imitation and observation, which is a well-known fact. This line of thinking holds true even today. Teamwork and communication are decisive skills to prepare young people to take on the world outside the classroom. Robotics challenges help students improve their socialization skills, including growing listening skills, and consider and evaluate every other viewpoint.
Opportunities for Hands-On Innovation
Computers are programmed with code, which leave no room for creativity and innovative thinking. This can prove costly for students. We are preparing them to analyse, spell, and remember so many things, but the curriculum doesn’t give them enough opportunities to be creative, solve problems and come with new ideas and innovations. Robotics offers students exhilarating opportunities to articulate and put together their imaginations so that they can build their ideas and make them a reality.
Raising the Level of Rigor
To succeed in the 21st century, students have to perform at the highest levels of thinking, which they can achieve only by examining, synthesising, and evaluating their ideas. At the height of thinking, students will start applying what they are learning to real-world tasks. This will enable them to invent new things and create innovative applications and products. Robotics will provide them with these opportunities.
It is a mythic that robotics programmes are expensive. They can vary in cost, but are generally non-consumable. It makes a good investment as it can be used for several classes for many years. You will have to update it at regular intervals, but just consider its benefits. Sitting glued to computers can have adverse effects on children like headaches and back, neck, and shoulder pain. On the other hand, robotics gets students up and moving.