Robotics draws students to math, science, teamwork
Posted by Bert Maes on November 5, 2009
Kids don’t like maths.
I talked about that in a previous post. I said that we’ll need better marketing, better teaching and better training equipment.
A BEST PRACTICE of this vision is ROBOTS in the classroom:
Teaching in robotics is an excellent way to engage students in science and math in a hands-on way.
“It’s so empowering to children to build something and program it to do something, and it does it. It’s better than any video game.” (Karlicia Berry, teacher Ponderosa Elementary School in Post Falls)
Kids get engaged and turned on while learning to build and write algorithms and program robots, i.e. while applying serious engineering.
And, believe it or not, Spokesman.com reports that this approach leads to careers in engineering and technology.
The students participating in the robotics project were nearly twice as likely to major in science or engineering and more than twice as likely as students in a comparison group to expect a career in science or technology.