Introducing robotics in the classroom has numerous benefits that make learning a more enjoyable and productive experience for kids. Here are the advantages of incorporating robotics in early childhood education.
- It Makes Coding Screen-Free
Robotics allows learners to learn and apply the concepts and principles of coding without necessarily spending too much time on computers, tablets, or smartphones.
- It Introduces Kids to Robotics Engineering Process
Robots in the classroom allow kids to interact with the engineering design process. This encourages them to identify problems and find solutions. Learners also have to plan, build and share their creations with their peers.
The design process reinforces problem-solving skills as it expects the learners to test, fix and correct their work. As such, kids focus on making improvements instead of whether they are right or wrong.
- Robotics Debunks Stereotypes about Engineering
Stereotypes exist about engineering being boring or difficult. Robotics helps change the negative perspectives about engineering and allows kids to understand that anyone can practice engineering, and it can be fun. Coding creates an environment for students to be creative and have fun while exploring their ideas regardless of gender.
- Robotics Encourages Persistence
Errors and bugs occur when coding, and everything may not work as expected. Learners have to try different approaches until they can find the right solution. Robotics, therefore, builds persistence and resilience in kids that learners can apply in other aspects of their lives.
- It Makes Coding Tangible
Kids learn best when they can move, touch and engage with concrete items and objects. Children see how code affects their physical surroundings when the robots perform specific functions according to how they instruct them.
- Coding Nurtures Computational Thinking
Coding requires logical and computational thinking that involves solving problems by breaking them down into simple steps. Through robotics, children develop computational and logical thinking skills, which help in reading and mathematics, leading to better educational outcomes.