5 Reasons to include Robotics in early STEM Education

Here are five reasons why coding and robotics for kids can greatly benefit learning and development for children four to seven.

1 Improved Cognitive, fine motor, and Social Development:

Recent research has shown that when Robotics is introduced in pre-K to second-grade classrooms, children’s early development is stimulated in ways that can’t be replicated through other techniques. Working with Robots gets kids moving and off screens, even as they engage with engineering and programming. Movement and play are especially critical for learning in early childhood.

2 New opportunities for Creative Critical Thinking:

When kids, experiment and engage with robotics, they transform from children to engineers and storytellers. By playing with motors and sensors or creating personally meaningful projects that react to their environment, these children are unlocking their imaginations and their problem-solving potential. Through simple commands, young students can see their story come to life through their programming. It’s especially powerful for developing their understanding of if/then principles as well of the complete engineering design process.

3 Introduction to Technology:

We live, in an advanced, digital world, one that can sometimes feel daunting to adults concerned about their young children’s interaction with technology. By presenting the capabilities of coding and programming through approachable and engaging robotics without a PC, tablet or smartphone, educators can feel secure that they’re building a positive connection between their students and the technology of their modern world.

4 Hands-on Lessons with Real World Applications:

Young children interact with robot-like electronics every day, but may not understand behind why and how they work. From automatic doors to public hand dryers, the same technology that kids regularly encounter can be explored through hands-on engagement with robots and sensor technology. By teaching foundation programming concepts, along with robotics, we can introduce our children to important ideas that will inform their understanding of many of the everyday objects they interact with.

In primary grades, students still learn using their eyes and hands, drawing, molding, and manipulating objects. At this age, they are starting the tough transition to learning by reading. Having robots to work through problems visually help many students with complex concepts. Robots are a fun way for students to apply and experiment with concepts that they are learning.

5 Fun and Inspired Learning:

Kids are naturally very curious. They are eager to interact with and understand the world around them. Finding the joy and wonder in their learning is their default inclination, so the most successful educators help their students have fun with their learning. Through natural play and trial-and-error approach to programming, children are more likely to learn and grow and do so in ways that teachers aren’t able to anticipate. Oftentimes, the most joy that a child experiences with their learning is when they figure out something for themselves.

Robots provide another opportunity for creative problem-solving. Students should learn to look at a problem in many ways, rather than applying a formula that they are giving. When programming robotics, there can be many solutions to a single problem, and different students may take different paths to arrive at a solution. Students get to discuss their processes and the logic that they used to understand different methods and solutions. This opens students to the real world of problem-solving.

One way that coding is useful to students is by teaching them to create and use algorithms. An algorithm is a sequence of steps that should be followed in a particular order to achieve a goal. Computer coding helps teach students how to use and explain their logic. Coding involves making choices about the best command to use, the best order of events, or the best structure of the code itself.

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9 thoughts on “5 Reasons to include Robotics in early STEM Education”

  1. I would like to see myself as I science buff but your article blew me away.  I like and totally agree with every word you said, children and technology are linked.  They interact with gadgets in so many ways, whilst the older generation are not as gifted but boy don’t we try!

    Awesome stuff!

  2. Thanks for this educative post indeed these activities provide hands-on and minds-on lessons for the student. Making math and science both fun and interesting helps the student to do much more than just learn because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Definitely I think STEM is going to be the future.

  3. Dear Alfredo,

    This is an interesting and helpful post. I must say I found your post highly uplifting and educational. This was very insightful and I can tell you I have taken some great insights from this post.

    I often say to my wife, as a father to my child instead saving money and properties I will give him the best education so this post means a lot to me and you have given me plenty to think about here. This post is so thorough it opened my eyes to all sorts of information I wasn’t aware of!

    Creative and critical thinking is very important for our children. As you correctly said we are living in a digital world and the technology development is mind-blowing and I am not able to imagine the technology development in the next 30 years in which our children will be living. So its a must to provide coding, programming knowledge to our kids.

    Nowadays children consider schools and learning as a big burden. Fun learning will certainly make the difference and its the best solution.

    Much Success!

    Paul

  4. You are absolutely right. Robotics are very essential for children in their early developments. It is unfortunate that some children are not exposed to robotics due to certain factors like economic backgrounds of such children. Robotics helps a child’s critical thinking and develops children to be innovative even at a very young age. Another thing I like about robotics is that it helps children to easily learn playfully. Learning is made easier when a child finds fun in the learning process. With robotics and coding, children learn easily and their potentials can easily be discovered at early childhood. This can make their skills to be unleashed on time. 

    Do you think there are Cons to the use of robotics and codings by children? I will like to have your opinion to this. Thank you. 

    • Thanks Kenechi, this is the whole purpose of my website. Children do not have to become computer programmers or engineers in order to benefit from robotics education.

      Kenechi, I failed to reply to your concerns on the cons of the use of robotics and coding for children. I really don’t see any cons; the main thing is to introduce a child slowly to robotics and coding and with a robot that is properly designed for his or her age. Thanks again.

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