In the field of technology, the words coding and robotics are frequently employed. These are the fields that everyone is talking about, regardless of industry, and the cutting-edge technology that everyone should be familiar with.
So why not begin learning about them while you’re young? Give our children the opportunity to explore these technologies while they are still in their formative years.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the advantages of coding and robotics, as well as how we can teach our children about these fields.
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What is Coding?
Coding is basically a process in which you give instructions to a computer and in response, the computer performs that particular task for you.
Coding basically involves using your logical and creative thinking skills. In other terms, it is a method of interacting with computers.
You can use coding to create applications, games, computer software, websites, and a variety of other interactive content.
What is Robotics?
A robot is an autonomous machine that can perform specific tasks based on sensor input. It is only a mechanical item until you code it.
And, robotics is an interdisciplinary branch in which you design and code robots using coding, electronics, and mechanical concepts.
It’s a great and entertaining approach to introduce youngsters to a variety of ideas in mechanical and electronic domains, as well as coding. This approach will prepare them to work with futuristic technologies.
Benefits of Coding and Robotics
These technologies promise a bright future for your child; let’s see what Robotics and Coding have to offer in this regard.
Kids acquire not only problem-solving skills through coding, but they also use their logical and creative skills while working on their codes.
As a result, they have a lot of room to experiment with and develop these skill sets. These abilities are clearly essential not just for professional success but also for personal development.
Robotics allows the child to learn not only about robots and how they work but also about mathematics and science. Thereby enhancing the STEM skills.
Note: STEM is an interdisciplinary and applied approach that includes four specific disciplines: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Hands-on approach
Coding and robotics are hands-on learning methods in which students explore and interact with their environment. This helps children to learn by doing.
These are not passive but active activities. This allows them to learn from their mistakes and attempt new approaches to finding a solution.
- Improve the written and verbal communication skills
When instructing a computer or robot to perform a specific task, you must be articulate enough to get your point across.
This leads to an improvement in communication, which is a necessary life skill.
- Gain Confidence
Children learn to be self-assured and communicate their ideas. They believe that by coding or using robotics, they are creating something useful for others, which increases their confidence.
How to Teach Coding and Robotics to Kids
To begin teaching children about coding or robotics, it is best to first expose them to these disciplines and pique their curiosity by describing how much fun they may have.
They can make games, apps, robots, websites, animations, and a multitude of other things.
- Introduce them to toys
Depending on their age, you can begin by introducing them to toys such as Mechanix or Legos, which will introduce the children to the creation and design of the toys, which will enhance their observational, reasoning, logical, and creative skills, paving the way for further exploration into robotics and coding.
- Introduce them to relevant media/ resources
There are numerous resources available, whether online or offline: There are various YouTube videos, online communities, and groups dedicated to coding and robotics for children.
Offline, you can refer to various magazines and books with pictures to inspire children to pursue robotics or coding.
- Try DIY (Do-It-Yourself) projects
Involving children and teenagers in various DIY projects is a great way to encourage and engage them in new robotics and coding activities and projects.
Various Robotics Kits for Beginners, such as Lego Boost, and Cosmos Kit, or for more advanced programmers, such as Lego Mindstorms Robot Inventor, are available on the market and can be a fun way to teach children about robots and coding.
- Join Workshops or Summer/Boot Camps
Sign up your child for various bootcamps or workshops to encourage him or her to learn more about coding and robotics. This combines fun with the opportunity for children and teenagers to build and engineer robots while learning to code.
Competitive challenges in which children and teenagers create various projects and complete assignments are common in these programs.
- Through apps and websites
There are several applications and websites available that teach coding to kids and teens using block-based coding. They mix visual code blocks into entertaining, colorful projects that are designed to engage and teach children.
Coding becomes significantly less daunting when combined with block code and bright graphics in a gaming scenario.
Websites such as code.org, Scratch, Thunkable, and others fall under this category.
- Teach through various offline/online Platforms
Offline/Online courses are another way for children to learn about coding and robotics. Enrolling children and teenagers in these classes will provide them with a whole new experience.
Weekly assignments, a flexible/fixed schedule, highly engaging sessions with a curriculum tailored to children’s needs, and an expert instructor are common features of these courses.
Most students prefer online platforms to traditional ones because they are more convenient and flexible.
Coding for children is most successful when taught in imaginative contexts that encourage exploration and discovery.
Based on your child’s interests and abilities, explore these options and choose which one is ideal for him or her.
In the coming years, professions will be shaped by robotics and coding.
This blog summarizes the relevance of Robotics and Coding, as well as techniques for teaching and preparing children for these futuristic technologies that have the potential to transform life as we know it.
So, rather than waiting any longer, let us begin inspiring children to explore these technologies and discover their hidden talents and skills.
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With a mission to bridge the gap left by traditional education, we are bringing key future skills through specially designed courses on coding, robotics and financial literacy taught by some of the world’s best minds from top-tier institutes such as IITs and IIMs.