Increasingly often find educational projects around robotics : Extracurricular classes in schools, workshops, specialized camps … Children are introduced at an early age into the exciting world of robots and technology . A trend that can create controversy, is it appropriate to handle technology from so small? We have it clear: yes, the benefits of educational robotics worthwhile, but without losing sight of the differences between each age group .
It is not uncommon to find schools and institutes school classes on robotics , and even subjects -typical or integrated into that of technology- where experimenting with robots. Also offered are specialty camps, workshops, robotics and programming academies …
Access to this entire environment to offer robotics and electronics education is increasingly easy, and also increasingly targets younger children, usually from 3 years . One issue that although you can get to raise some controversy, generally is having very well received by parents of children .
One of the keys to its success is that parents see in robotics and programming -the technology in general one apprenticeship for the future and develop qualities that will surely have application in the future of their children.
Instead we must not lose perspective, so it is important to understand what must be the motivations and objectives of this type of training according to the age group they address so that the ‘spark’ stays lit. interest in children and young people who enter this universe.
So well, what should be the motivation and objectives in each age group?
- When it comes to very small, more or fewer children from 3 years to 12 , the objective should be only the fun and curiosity . Robotics for them will be a game more, a way to discover that a robot can do things … and are they what they can program it to do what they want. A very basic and playful way, interest in the technology applied to the automata is introduced into the small.
- When they are a little older, from 12 years and more or less to 16 , as well as curiosity must seize the robotics as an educational resource . It is time that the ‘game’ evolve and take a more didactic character to instill concepts, theory and implementation of new knowledge . On the other hand, in the case of emerging adolescents, it is a good time to take advantage of robotics and programming to encourage collaborative work and launch team projects that help sociability, learning to share and encourage creativity.
- After this stage, and thereafter , robotics maintains a playful and didactic part also, but mostly attributed with a purpose . Young people must learn to create their own projects from scratch, plan and seek solutions to complete them . The role of teachers at this stage is essential to accompany and help students grow, they could even think about robotics and programming as an outlet for their professional future.
From then on, the future is in the hands of young people, accompanied by good mentors can go far.
To accompany them in this process, in Todoelectronica we have all kinds of electronic resources and educational robotics , which may avail themselves both students and teachers and parents interested in introducing their children in this universe.
- Robotics .
- Arduino .
- Raspberry Pi .
- Electronic components .
- Educational electronics .