When it comes to the educational system, we are fully aware that STEM education is an essential component of preparing students for a future of non-stop innovation. This is where robotics has proven to be a constant and sure-fire method for teaching students the STEM skills that will leave them readily equipped for the future job market. From mathematics and coding to engineering and science, robotics can be used as an engagement strategy that teaches multiple 21st-century skills.
Here are the top five unexpected benefits we’ve seen in students who use robotics in the classroom:
If we allow students the opportunity to create, design, assemble, and operate robots, then we engage in their understanding of how programming works and why it is necessary. When a student can control a physical robot and see what goes wrong, they are more likely to have a clearer understanding because of this immediate experience. Hands-on learning is always a fun alternative to simply passing on information.
Many mistakenly think that robotics only focuses on developing technical abilities. Contrary to this belief, it has also allowed students to work on their creative skills. This is because they are encouraged to create something tangible and make it perform the actions that they program it to do – which requires innovative thinking. To add, when a learner enjoys creating something that they are fascinated with, their engagement levels increase, and they retain more information.
By the time our younger generations graduate, over half of the available jobs will be in the STEM field. This creates an urgency to ensure that our children are equipped with the necessary skills so that they are readily prepared for the working world. Without robotics education, we will fail to give potential developers and innovators the resources they need to realise their potential.
Robotics projects are a great way to encourage teamwork and collaborative thinking. While technical skills are very important, social skills are just as crucial. Educators can use robotics lessons to create teams of innovative thinkers who work together in the classroom. This way, students can learn how to express themselves and listen and relate to others – and acquire valuable life skills in the process.
To find out how you can best implement robotics in your school, please get in touch with Nvoke at www.nvokepartners.com/contact/. Our focus is to bring 21st-century technology, solutions, and tools to our future leaders and partnering schools.