Sparking Student Creativity with Robotics

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Robotics programs in schools are becoming increasingly more popular as a way to spark creativity and help further STEM education.  This year the world’s largest youth robotics competition, FIRST Championship, hosted 1,400 teams ages 6-18 at 2 different tournament locations.

FIRST Championship President, Donald Bossi wrote in an eSchool News article that there are many valuable lessons to be learned from his competition, however there are 3 main lessons that can be easily applied in the classroom.

1.  When you’re learning, everybody wins.

Bossi said that the competition is more about inspiring a life-long love of learning than it is about winning first place.  Always encourage your students to enjoy the journey instead of focusing solely on winning.

2.  Don’t be afraid to start a robotics team at your school.

Many educators looking at starting a robotics team worry that they won’t be able to lead and teach the team due to lack of knowledge.  However, there are many online resources available to teachers, plus most robotics teams are student-driven, so teachers don’t have to be robotics experts to start a team.

3.  The more, the merrier.

Exposing as many students as possible to robotics is important to Bossi.  Robotics teams inspire young minds, and often give underprivileged students hope for the future.

To learn more about the importance of robotics in schools what it takes to start a robotics club at your school, check out the 2018 NEOTD Presentation of Brookside S.M.A.R.T. Robotics on our website.

Story via eSchool News

Ingrid Schmidt