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Why Robotics Should Be Taught In Schools

Gradually, the way of teaching, interest of students and curriculum in classrooms is changing. Teachers are also focusing on project based methods of teaching, which is interesting. No more boring lecture classes? Ugh, not exactly. Rather than just reading books and solving equations, children can actually experience practical experiments and technology. Which can help in better understanding of the concepts and develop interest towards Robotics in students.

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In a world where artificial intelligence and robots threaten jobs, the skills that this generation of children needs to learn.

Technology is critical for innovation, yet schools struggle to get students interested in this area. Could teaching robotics change this. There is considerable anecdotal evidence that students respond well in subjects involving programming of robots.

Plenty of resources are available on the internet for parents and teachers, for example, robot kits such as Vex Robotics, simple programmable robots such as Sphero balls, and lesson plans.

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These can be few reasons to teach robotics in schools:

• Children find it fun: There are several competitions for a range of age groups that can channel competitive instincts in a positive way. the two most engaging ways of introducing IT in the curriculum are robotics and computer game design.

• Effective way of introducing programming to students: Programming can be too abstract. By having to control a physical robot and seeing what goes wrong, students learn what robots can and can’t do. They also learn the need for precise instructions. Robotics helps address the growing demand for teaching science, technology, engineering and maths in schools.

• Provides skills useful in future employment: By programming robots, students can discover if they have aptitude and interest in a job market of the future.

• Suitable for children with a range of abilities: There is considerable evidence that robots are particularly suitable for engaging with children on the autism spectrum. Children on the spectrum respond to the calm, clear, consistent interactions that robots can provide.

• Robotics is going to be a growth industry: There are jobs and opportunities of all kinds associated with robotics, from entrepreneurship to software design, monitoring to art-making, engineering to writing, marketing and inventing.

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Understanding what machines can and can’t do is the best way to address fears. Experience in trying to build and program robots gives appreciation of their capabilities and strengths.