Robots! We have read so much about them; in sci-fi, movies, fictions and even have seen them in reality. Whatever the way is, robots fascinate us in different ways. The ‘maker movement’ or do-it-yourself is becoming more and more popular throughout the world.
There’s hardly anyone who never have wondered about robots and their mechanism. Among children, the inquisitiveness is by nature much greater than adults. They are found to show more creativity and intelligence when they are left on their own to build something. The LEGO sets work effectively to kindle the creative minds of kids. Nowadays, robotics is gaining popularity to make a child aware of the ways a robot functions; the conception, design, manufacture and operation.
How Robotics Can Help A Child In The Field Of Education?
Robotics can be introduced to a child even as early as at age 3 or 4. There are different sets which can be bought both online and offline. While being a source of simple fun and play, robotics also helps to develop teamwork, problem-solving capability and STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) among children. The attributes develop so naturally with robotics that a child doesn’t feel the pressure of learning at all. There are different programs for every grade so one can excel steadily. The skills and qualities acquired from robotics eventually help the child to perform better in studies as a whole.
The happiness of making something that can move on its own is enormous. Once the children learn how simple machines work, they feel enthralled and more interested towards it. LEGO sets are no more a static toy. LEGO kits now include motors and gears so that the children can make moving pieces.
Robotics classes are becoming popular worldwide with both the children and their parents taking an interest in them. It’s the first step for the kids to the complex world of electronics. With time, they come up with more interesting ideas improving their skills, inventing their own robotics and small electronics models. The literary side is also there, as one needs to research and record their creations.
Online Helps On Robotics
Many schools and organizations now conduct camps and workshops both for kids and adults. Besides that, there are online helps as well. Makezine.com and DIY.org are great platforms, to begin with. Kids can learn and make models with the help of tutorials. They can choose projects by type and complexity level. QtPi Robotics is another great platform for beginners, their motto being Plug. Play. Innovate.
World Robotics Olympiad (WRO)
The India STEM Foundation, the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) and the Ministry of Culture jointly organize World Robotics Olympiad every year since 2006. Anyone can participate in the age-group of 6-25. It is a highly renowned event with over 22,000 participants from 51+ countries. The WRO 2017 is just around the corner. It is a not-for-profit competition. To know more about WRO, please click here.
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