FOUNDATION TO YEAR 10
There are many learning benefits from Robotics Engineering, below we have outlined the eight most common and described what they are and how they work.
Learning Benefits from Robotics Engineering
1. Robotics promotes fine motor skills
Children practise dexterity as they connect different sizes and shapes. This requires different amounts of pressure to assemble and becomes a wonderful exercise for little fingers which supports children in being able to control the pressure they apply while writing.
2 Robotics encourages team work
Through playing with robots children learn how to share and take turns. When working together on construction, children have to agree on the general idea of their play – is it a castle, a boat or a spaceship? Children have to follow each other’s lead and begin to understand how different ideas can contribute and extend their play. Children also have to learn to negotiate roles and responsibilities in order to have an enjoyable social experience.
3. Robotics improves creativity
Creativity is improved as children use construction equipment of various shapes, colours and sizes to construct intricate designs .Creativity and imagination is fostered when children have no limitations to what they can make. In this situation there is no right or wrong, so children can explore their creativity without the fear of failure.
4. Robotics develops problem solving and mathematical thinking
Following instructions to assemble robots also has a lot of benefits for children’s problem solving, focus and attention to detail. Ideas of symmetry, balance, shapes and sizes are explored during construction. Children experience working with fractions when they observe how many small pieces can fit into a large piece and can begin to experiment with division.
5. Robotics improves communication skills
Engineering construction is a great way to relieve stress and engage in meaningful and joyful conversations. As children comment on their creations, they develop important communication skills including the ability to explain ideas, describe their work, talk about the process and verbalise challenges that they had along the way.
6. Robotics develops persistence
We’ve all watched a carefully constructed tower fall over. Construction teaches children the importance of persisting with a task to see your vision realised. Children are able to have a go, take their time and to persevere. As fine motor skills improve, children can create more elaborate construction and follow complex designs.
7. Robotics improves self-esteem
Connecting pieces of all sizes to create a final product that follows a child’s vision can be challenging. Achieving this task holds immense sense of satisfaction that is obvious in a child’s smile when they proudly show off their completed work. This has an immensely positive effect on a child’s self esteem.
8. Robotics developing lateral thinking and planning skills
Following instructions can be challenging. However, it does help children to develop planning skills as well as lateral thinking. When faced with an assembly problem, children have to retrace their steps and analyse their work in order to find parts that need fixing.
World of Robotics offered our students thinking well beyond standard project learning… energy and enthusiasm – so much more than just a robot.
The children wore the hats of scientists and inventors when they investigated forces and energy through the mechanics of robots… true light bulb learning moments.
All of our children were challenged and supported to succeed, and had a thoroughly enjoyable learning experience.
Creating generations of creative and curious minds.
Problem-solving, persistence, scaffolded learning, high expectations, collaborative learning, risk-taking, test-evaluate-modify… Robotic Education met our aims and more!
We have worked with World of Robotics for 15 years… the whole school, every year.”
The Robotics incursion complemented our inquiry learning philosophies of hands on constructive learning. The children wore the hats of scientists and inventors when they investigated forces and energy through the mechanics of robots. They were problem solvers throughout the whole time when they constructed their robot spaceships along with all the add on features. They problem solved and had many light bulb learning moments when it came to attaching the robotic appendages like the arms and lunar rovers.