Across the globe, innovative educational programs are preparing students to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. These subjects, usually called STEM, can open up new passions for students, in order to succeed in the 21st-century workforce.
The Office of Educational Technology reviewed research literature on how technology can enrich STEM learning and created an extensive report on the impact of integrating innovative digital technology in STEM and computer science curricula and classrooms.
The first 5 ways in which teaching robotics can boost STEM learning are:
- Immediate and Individualized Feedback.
Robotics provides students learning STEM skills with immediate and individualized feedback, beyond right or wrong. Programming and building the robot offers students a hands-on approach to their project, allowing them to fully understand how both hardware and software work together.
2. Science Argumentation Skills.
Students use technology that supports science argumentation skills including presenting and evaluating evidence about scientific or mathematical claims. More than that, by using robotics, students enhance their digital literacy while also working with abstract concepts that help them get a better understanding of the professional workforce of tomorrow.
3. Design Thinking Processes
Students plan, revise, implement, and test problem solutions using robotics design processes and programming. Therefore, they enhance their thinking processes by focusing on multiple solutions rather than just the problem.
4. Computational Thinking.
Students use robotics to formulate and analyze problems and their solutions, reason abstractly, while also automating procedures through algorithmic thinking.
5. Real-Life Problem Solving Skills
Robotics helps students elevate understanding of problem-solving techniques and eliminate the fear of failure. Working with robotics also allows students to materialize their ideas in no time and put them to the test.
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Article inspired by: https://tech.ed.gov/stem/.