They have barely left the pacifier, they can not read yet, but they can now program robots to follow their instructions. This is what children (ages 4 to 6) have achieved in an investigation carried out by the University of Costa Rica.
It consists of a tablet with a computer program based on icons and representative drawings with instructions that allow children to create route plans and orders that are transmitted to the robot via “bluetooth”, so that it executes all the actions pre-established by the child
In addition, the robot is dressed as a character in a storybook that the child can recognize, to make it more entertaining.
This programming environment devised by the UCR scientists is the only one in the world that develops the capabilities in robotic programming for pre-school children and in a collaborative environment, that is to say with teamwork of the children.
The theory says that the earlier children learn to use abstract thinking, they will have more mathematical, engineering, etc. abilities. In that sense, computing works like mathematics. When a child learns to program robots, he has to think and develop that abstract thought “.
Although it did a lot of research work and involved a lot of team work by several scientists, the system is easy to understand for young children and is very successful.