What is the Value of Teaching Robotics to Young Children Today?
Robotics brings together atoms and bits–the physical world and computational world.
We are surrounded by technology, smart phones, smart faucets, automatic doors. But in the early years, children learn very little about how these things work.
Research shows that young children can learn programming and engineering at a very early age. This is possible when children are given developmentally appropriate tools, that encourage open-ended play and that allow the integration of technical skills with expressive arts, math, literacy and cultural explorations.
Young kids learn by doing. They learn best by playing with physical objects: by making things, testing things. To learn programming and engineering, they need materials designed in the spirit of traditional learning manipulatives in early childhood (physical, as opposed to on-screen) Children engage in playful learning, cultivate their curiosity for the technological world, explore problem solving, and understand concepts such as sequencing, cause-and-effect, programming, sensors and motors.