Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg – they are the digital visionaries of our generation. Aside from being successful innovators in the field of technology and being among the world’s most famous billionaires, they all have another thing in common – All of them were trained through STEM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Education.
STEM Education is what FIRST Robotics wants to emphasize in its programs that focus on robotics literacy. FIRST Robotics is the country’s pioneering center in the field of robotics. It uses state-of-the-art materials that allow children to design, build, and program robots. Children as young as 4 learn to be creative and resourceful in a fun learning environment.
Age-Appropriate Programs for Future Innovators
FIRST Robotics has age-appropriate programs that enhance skills, encourage learning, and foster hard work.
Kids age 4 – 6 are taught basic building concepts that develop their fine motor skills and enhance their creativity. At FIRST Robotics, they also discover how people, animals, and things move then they learn how to build their own models of these. For this age group, LEGO Duplo is used.
For kids age 7 – 8, LEGO WeDo is used to introduce young kids to information and control technology (ICT). They learn how to make inanimate objects move using basic visual programming. They build models of animals and things using sensors and other mechanical parts then use a drag-and-drop software to make their models react to stimuli and move.
More advance concepts are taught to kids age 9 and older using LEGO MindStorms. At this stage, kids are not only able to build their own robots but are also able to design their own programs to control the robot’s movements. They are given the challenge of designing, building, and programming robots that perform specific functions such as going through various obstacle courses or doing useful tasks.
Make Dreams Come True
Most of us have had grand dreams when we were very young. We dreamed of becoming astronauts, scientists, and inventors. Unfortunately, not all of us are given the resources to put these dreams into reality, especially those of my generation when technology was still limited.
Fortunately, there are now plenty of opportunities for our children that aid them in fulfilling their own dreams. As parents, we must strive to provide them the means to grab these opportunities and to encourage them to work hard for their dreams to come true.
Make your little one’s dreams come true and bring them to the place
“where fun learning rules”!
To read about my kids’ fun learning day at FIRST Robotics, visit Taking Legos to The Next Level at First Robotics.