5 Reasons You Should Be Using Robotics in Your Classroom

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5 Reasons You Should Be Using Robotics in Your Classroom

This blog comes from Kevin Nolten, NICERC’s Outreach Director.

When I say Robotics, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it a reminder of your class winning a robotics competition? Is it watching your students program a device to perform certain tasks? Or is it the song by Styx, Mr. Roboto?

This week, we celebrate National Robotics Week – an excellent opportunity to bring robotics into the classroom and to spotlight your robotics club to the entire school and to your community. It is also a great opportunity to garner inspiration to start a robotics club or class! Robotics activities provide a variety of benefits for kids, from team-building to technical skills.

Here are 5 reasons you should be using robotics in your classroom or school:

  1. It helps students realize their passion. Students are introduced to degree and career opportunities that complement their interests and passion for technology.
  2. It creates leaders. Students are put into an environment where they are required to take charge of an outcome and lead a project through to fruition.
  3. It teaches communication across different platforms. Students learn the importance of coding as a means of communicating – encoding and decoding a message based on the sender and receiver.
  4. It drives problem solving fundamentals. Students are forced to think about outcomes one, two, or hundreds of steps ahead to drive towards a desired outcome.
  5. It builds teamwork skills. Students work together and break through challenges as a group. This collaboration foreshadows environments that will be met in college and in the workplace.

NICERC has a wide range of resources that teachers can use within a robotics club as well as ideas on how to integrate robotics projects into the classrooms. Visit www.nicerc.org or get in touch with us at info@nicerc.org for resources and guidance as you begin your own robotics program.