Role of Robots in the Classroom
Robots, or robotic devices, are commonplace in everyday life and are increasingly being employed as teaching tools in schools, colleges and universities. Active Robots explore the Role of Robots in the Classroom.
The incorporation of robotics into design, engineering, mathematics and science courses provides a new field in which students can exercise their talents or, more simply, provides an innovative way of presenting the subject matter. Of course, robotics can be applied to many subject areas, including literacy, and teachers are really only limited by their imaginations.
Active Robots understand the importance of Robotics in education. We hold a strong presence in schools and universities hosting NAO Robot workshops.
School children tend to be highly receptive to the idea of robots in classroom situations. Through the use of robots they may subconsciously be lead onto a career path they might not otherwise have considered.
Other benefits of the role of robots in the classroom include:
• Preparation for the major role that robotics will inevitably play in the future
• Enhancing creative problem-solving skills
• Encouraging development of communication and interpersonal skills
• Encouraging teamwork in a real-world rather than purely sporting activity
Integrating robotics into engineering or mathematics courses can provide a degree of relevance that students sometimes complain is missing in traditional courses. Students are typically more inclined to solve, or at least attempt to solve, mathematics problems if a correct answer means their robot works properly, rather than just for the sake of it. Similarly, without knowledge of basic engineering principles students cannot produce a working robot. Robots can transform abstract ideas and principles into concrete, real-world understanding. Advances in technology have meant that the cost of robots has fallen, such that they are within range of tight educational budgets.
Robotics in education, in itself, provides an engaging experience for students but also lays the foundation for proficient, independent learning not just in formal education, but throughout life. If students enjoy themselves while they are learning, they are much more likely to retain what they learned. There are many robotic resources which children can develop their skills from.
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