The academic curriculum for kindergarten, primary and secondary school has changed in recent years. It is important that students are prepared for their future, and acquire knowledge related to their environment and technology. Robotics for children has become a way for children to have their first contact with the digital world, and to acquire the first notions about applied science.
10 advantages of robotics for children
Robotics for children can be incorporated into their teaching activities from kindergarten, because it offers the following advantages:
- It improves the capacity for synthesis and analysis from an early age. Observing the movements of a robot encourages the drawing of conclusions and sharpens their analytical skills.
- It develops their logical abilities. Robotics is based on the principles of programming, this learning has a direct impact on their logical abilities and their application in other fields.
- It encourages problem solving. When a group of children develop an activity related to robotics, they must learn to solve problems together, through collaborative roles.
- It improves mathematical performance. The benefits of robotics in children are also perceived in subjects such as mathematics, due to its practical application.
- It is a motivational activity. The pupils enjoy analyzing the movements that a robot is able to perform, for them it is a challenge that goes beyond the usual learning that they develop in other subjects.
- They will be prepared for the future. Knowledge such as programming or applied technology will be basic in the future.
- It stimulates creativity. In this type of projects there is no single solution, the student has absolute freedom to develop their individual capacity and creativity.
- It improves their vocabulary. Through this type of collaborative activities, students improve their vocabulary, both in Spanish and English, and their social skills.
- It allows goal setting and goal achievement to become a habit. Robotics is based on objectives that are accomplished in different phases, this process can be adapted to their daily life.
- It stimulates their interest in science. Robotics shows the practical side of science and reinforces their interest in this type of subject.
Robotics through the educational stages
The understanding and development of robotics should be carried out according to each educational stage. The teaching process in this field also serves for them to perceive education as a lifelong learning process, with which they can continue training throughout their lives.
Depending on the different educational stages, robotics is taught progressively through a specific pedagogical program.
First years of kindergarten
At this stage, learning is based on movement, basic mathematical calculations and the first logic exercises. Including robots in these fields of learning allows them to fix this knowledge, through a visual process that allows them to improve their concentration and understanding of this knowledge.
Last years of kindergarten and beginning of primary school
In this phase we can include basic programming knowledge, which is the basis for future learning. The student can create their own hardware elements, with the aim of developing more complex projects in higher grades.
Upper elementary school
During the upper elementary grades, students discover more complex processes and the technological fundamentals that produce the robot’s movements. The goal during these years is to prepare them for more advanced learning during middle school and high school.
Currently, it is recommended that high school students learn advanced notions of programming. This knowledge will be basic in their future work and can be learned at the same pace as activities related to robotics, also encouraging other knowledge related to applied sciences.
High school courses related to future science careers have advanced robotics classes, which allow our students to prepare for technical careers such as engineering and other specialties related to applied sciences.
Robotics in our classrooms
International School Andalucía is committed to the future of our students, which is why our curricular plans incorporate the most advanced subjects. Teaching robotics to children, adapted to the development of their cognitive abilities, is much more than a teaching model, it is a process with which they learn the practical reasons for science, and that attracts their attention from the first moment.
Our bilingual program is also applied in the science program, therefore, the subjects and activities related to robotics will allow them to acquire a specific technical language in English.
To develop the robotics projects we have the most advanced technical material, expert teachers in applied science and specific learning spaces. Our experience with this type of curricular activities is very positive, because they allow us to reinforce both individual and collective qualities. Students perceive this type of project as a different approach to other areas of learning.
International School Andalucía, committed to the future of our students.
Robotics in children through hands-on learning is a teaching method aimed at preparing our students for their future. In our school we have a commitment based on permanently adapting our plans to the challenges posed by the future, so that our students face their next challenges with enthusiasm and the necessary training.
We want our students to be an active part of the future that awaits them, to achieve this, we create an academic environment that encourages their creative abilities, preparing them to perceive continuous adaptation as something basic, which will allow them to continue to grow in their professional and personal lives.
Applied robotics is just one of the methods we implement in our programs, which are oriented towards the professions of the future. The knowledge learned during kindergarten and elementary school is the basis of our capabilities as adults, so it is important that they acquire skills that will be fundamental in the coming years.