Educational Robotics is an interdisciplinary teaching system that enhances the development of skills and competences in students
This teaching system is interdisciplinary because it covers areas of different subjects of the regulated school program. Thus, in the well-structured Educational Robotics courses, areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics are worked, which in English is known by the abbreviations STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), as well as areas of Linguistics and also of Creativity.
The skills and competences of the students are effectively developed because, if the courses are well structured, they arise. The skills and competences of the students are effectively developed because, if the courses are well structured, there are activities that students must solve as challenges, in a group, providing solutions developed among all members.
In this way,
learning from mistakes
When valid and proven solutions are provided, students’ leadership is strengthened as they gain confidence in their ability to solve increasingly complex challenges and learn that a good leader is one who relies on their team to achieve the objectives , not the one who pretends to do everything himself.
The models that are constructed are usually accompanied by a computer program that causes the robot to execute commands (either scrolling, identifying colors, measuring distances to an object, …). It is not intended that students end up being all teachers in programming. The programming systems that are usually used are almost always based on icons and not on written instructions. What is intended is that students become familiar with the programmable devices, increasingly present in our society (computers, mobile phones, …). With this ability to understand how robots are programmed, they acquire this skill that will be very useful to them in the future.
In these courses students are presented with challenges in which they include physical, mathematical, and technological concepts. In this way the students work concepts that have studied in diverse subjects of the official school curriculum of a practical form. This motivates students in learning these subjects, as they can experience the practical applications of what they have studied in a theoretical way.
Throughout the course process, the level of difficulty of the challenges is raised, in a way that maintains the balance between the difficulty of the challenge and the ability of the student to solve it. This prevents the student from becoming frustrated by not being able to solve the challenges or being bored by being too simple for their ability.
For all that has been explained up to this point, we consider that this is an activity with a great benefit for our students, since we help them in the development of skills and competences necessary for their personal and professional future, we foster their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and we also help improve your level of English by delivering the courses in this language.
We also believe that, as much as possible, activities should be done in English, as it is a good opportunity for our students to practice this language.
But we still have one more point to play. The activity involves a playful component, intrinsic to the construction of models, to the discussion of the best solutions with other students, … This recreational component is the one that finishes the success of the activity, since, for all the explained above is a ideal activity from the point of view of parents concerned about the formation of their children, this last point is what makes the activity ideal from the point of view of children. Thus, it is the educational and educational activity ideal for both parents and children.