The best way to introduce school-age students to robotics is by providing fun, hands-on projects that also promote STEM skills.
What do you call a machine that looks like a human being, is guided by automatic controls and performs work functions? You guessed it, a robot!
Since the first industrial robot was introduced to the U.S. in 1960, many industries have benefitted from the advancement of robotics. In fact, robots have helped many industries, including manufacturing and healthcare, increase productivity and safety as well as save time and money.
How can we teach students about robotics?
The best way to introduce school-age students to robotics is by providing fun, hands-on projects that also promote STEM skills. We explored Pinterest to find 7 fun, engaging robotics activities and resources to incorporate into your program:
- DIY Ready | How To Make a Robot: Create these 10 simple robot projects with simple materials and straightforward instructions.
- Fun-A-Day | 10 Robot Books for Kids to Enjoy: 10 great books to accompany robot-themed lessons.
- PickleBums | Build Your Own Robot: Download this free printable. Then print, cut and let students play with their robot set.
- Red Ted Art | How To Make a Mini Robot: This fun mini robot craft is great for your older students.
- Artsy Craftsy Mom | 10 Robot Crafts for Kids: If you’re in the mood for arts and crafts, try these cool robot crafts!
- Science Buddies | Building Bristlebots: Build your own robot with a bag of toothbrushes and some basic electronic supplies.
- Instructables | Solar Cockroach 2.0: This simple project produces a small vibrobot that resembles a cockroach.
You can find more robotics activities by visiting the official RoboWeek website.