It’s no secret that robotics is a rapidly growing industry and the need for individuals who can to design, develop, and program is increasing by the minute (literally). Teaching coding and robotics to students at a younger age is becoming the norm, and not only is it a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM), but robotics also helps bring those concepts to life through many different types of hands-on learning opportunities.
Why teach coding and robotics?
According to an article written by Dennis Pierce for eSchool News, even if students aren’t interested in engineering or coding as a career, robotics still offers essential and broadly applicable skills. Designing, building, and programming robots helps students learn logic, problem solving, perseverance, computational thinking, and a host of other skills that are invaluable regardless of what career path students choose. And, to drive home his point even further, Pierce goes on to say that in 2018 schools spent an estimated $146.5 million on robotics products and curriculum, and this number is expected to grow annually by 28 percent through 2023, reaching $640.5 million. And, according to global management consulting firm McKinsey & Company, as automation (like Roomba) continues to evolve there will be an estimated 50 million entirely new technology jobs created by 2030.
Ready to get started?
If you’re feeling slightly overwhelmed about introducing coding and robotics to your classroom, you’re not alone. In fact, maybe you already have some of the technology you need, but you’re unsure where to start? Again, don’t sweat it, you’re among friends. A recent study revealed that 58 percent of schools have technology readily available, but due to time, lack of training, or various other hurdles, teachers are unable to put technology to use.
The key to launching a successful robotics program begins with a little perseverance. Once you know just how much you can do, the next step is finding the right solutions for your classroom. Nasco Education offers exclusive STEM:IT solutions for each grade level with supplemental STEM curriculum. Each package offers teacher resources, guides, rubrics, and interactive digital lessons, as well as foundational engineering, coding, 3D design, and robotics and circuitry lessons. Click on the buttons below to learn more.
Don’t forget, building a robot is not the same as reading about how to build a robot, so don’t be afraid to think outside the box!