These days, various entities are coming up with their own ways in which they can develop the potential of the children and make them worthwhile citizens in the truest sense of the term. One of the most prominent examples in this regard would be that of robotics workshops for kids.
What are the core concepts of such programs?
The fundamental idea behind such programs is to empower children in such a way that they are able to build robotics systems at an advanced level. The software that they use in these cases is normally user-friendly. It has to be otherwise it would be really difficult for the kids to build such machines.
The curriculum activities that happen to be part of such program also happen to be rather engaging as well. This, once again, happens to be a major prerequisite as well because at this level you have to make the kids love what they are doing. Otherwise, they would not learn and they would not do it as well.
What are students of these programs taught?
In these programs, students are taught how to design, build, program, and operate smart robots. These robots are fitted with a number of sensors and motors that may be enumerated as below:
- ultrasonic sensors
- touch sensors
- color sensors
- light sensors
- sound sensors
- interactive Servomotors
The ultrasonic sensor allows them to wander around in a room by seeing. With the help of the touch sensor, they are able to avoid various obstacles that may come in their way. The color sensor comes in handy in tasks where they need to identify colors. For example, they may be asked to find a ball of a certain color and hit it. This color sensor would allow them to identify the right colored ball from among balls of various colors.
The light sensor comes in handy when the robots have to follow a dedicated line as such. The sound sensor allows them to react to certain sound frequencies. Finally, the interactive Servomotors helps them roam around a certain space where they are being operated.
What are the major learning outcomes of such programs?
By taking part in such programs kids are able to investigate and observe simple machines such as the following:
They learn how to build and design robots that can be programmed to work in certain ways.
In these programs, the kids learn how to use various components in this regard such as sensors and motors. They learn how to interpret and understand two-dimensional drawings in order to create models that are three dimensional in nature. The kids also learn the ways to build, troubleshoot, test, and revise designs in order to make sure that their robots are working better. They can also get proper practical experience by using concepts of math such as measuring and estimating distance, speed, and time, to name a few. They also learn how to communicate in an effective manner by using the likes of technical and scientific languages.