For several years we’ve been teaching STEM through cyber robotics. This wide, amazing field is full of engaging elements that make the learning process of students all over the world more fun, more effective and, of course, more productive. We’re sure that every school should not only have a robotics program, but should also offer their classes a rich curriculum that goes along with their programs.
As we’ve discussed in the past, robotics used to be expensive and hard to get. It was rare to see more than 2 or 3 students learning with the same robotics kit, and therefore, this field became less accessible and not as scalable as schools would want.
When we saw that happening, we decided to create CoderZ, an online learning environment used both in classrooms worldwide, and in schools competitions where every single student gets the chance of learning with his or her very own virtual robot. And now, knowledge has been democratized to allow everyone to have the same opportunity: Learning STEM, and how to code, with robots.
But, and here we stop to think and to take a breath, is this the end? Why do we teach robotics and what’s next? What is exactly the knowledge and skills your students will get from our programs and learning environment? And most important of all… If we are already talking about the future, what’s there, after robotics? Well, make yourself comfortable and get ready to get some answers.
The future of robotics, the new workforce, and the new required skills
According to recent studies from the BBC, “Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation”. But this is not the end, do not worry. Someone will need to program all of these robots, and your students might be those experts.
Also, because of this new reality, learning how to code and getting numerous skills within the STEM fields will be imperant for those looking for a job, regardless of what they decide to do. Indeed, even if some of your students are into music, arts, or acting, coding and programming will be as fundamental as it was for us, learning how to read.
CoderZ can help your kids learn and strengthen this and other skills in a learning environment, full of gamified missions and with a curriculum that will be easy to implement for any teacher. So, no big extra effort for educators! Using CoderZ in their classrooms will not only be useful for their students, but also for them… They might even discover together how to turn STEM content into something fun, accessible and easy to teach and learn.
But, besides robotics and the dramatic news, we have for 2030, what’s next? What skills will they need and what are the inventions they’ll need to create? Let us give you some heads up!
So, we’re done with robotics programs for our school… What’s now?
As we mentioned before, robotics, cyber robotics, and cyber robotics coding competitions are going to serve as a solid, important base knowledge for a thousand of different tasks and every-day problem your students will have to deal with. Some of these problems, we don’t even know about since are part of the new world we all live in, and in some way or another, are also part from this 4th industrial revolution that started not so long ago.
Besides them having to definitely strengthen their teamwork abilities, their critical thinking, analytical thinking, computational (or algorithmic thinking), their creativity and innovation, and their -very important- ability to solve problems (and CoderZ can help you with everything mentioned here!), your students will have to also pay attention to some other items, that together with robotics, can open their minds to a wide new range of possibilities.
Last year we published an article on this subject. One of our guest bloggers wrote about 3D printers and how they can help students solve everyday problems.
Did you know that some kids are now even printing their very own prosthetic arms or hands using this breathtaking technology (Watch also this kid who built his own prosthetic arm using LEGO).
In many countries around the globe are now printing low-cost houses thanks to -huge- 3D printers. This is starting to solve poverty and dignity issues in a bunch of different levels.
Drones are a great technology. With some knowledge of coding and some experience in programming virtual and real robots, your students will be able to grab this new drone challenge and own it.
Drones can not only be used to record breathtaking footages of amazing landscapes, they can also be used to monitor, to measure the size of a certain piece of land, and even to understand math in a cool, different way. Take a look at this article about drones in education that could be very useful for you!
Pollution and global warming
So, cyber robotics programming knowledge can help your kids safe the world and end pollution? Indeed! Learning how to program their very own virtual robot, or even participating in one of our further CRCC’s will enable and encourage your students to think outside the box, to find different solutions to the same problem, and to test numerous various paths.
These challenges will face your students with their creativity, their innovation and their ability to solve problems. Who says that tomorrow they won’t be able to apply all of this knowledge in saving the planet? Actually, we truly hope they do… and may the code be with them!
May the code be with you: Implement a robotics program in your classroom
The best way to begin is to actually begin! When implementing a robotics program in your classroom, make sure you have a few things:
- A fun learning environment that can turn a simple STEM or STEAM class into something engaging and interesting for your students
- A method in which every single one of your students will be able to interact with either a robot or a virtual robot.
- An instance that goes beyond, something that motivates them to learn more and more, and some item that’ll encourage them to keep on learning when at home: A robotics competition between schools where they need to use the same platform used in the classroom is a great example!
- A rich curriculum to accompany teachers and educators during the learning process.
If you have all of this, you are ready to go! And if you don’t, get in touch with us to evaluate how we can make it happen. We are sure we can give you a hand.
May the code be with you!
About the author
Arie Elbelman R is a chilean-israeli author, based both in Israel and Spain, who loves education, EdTech and educational processes more than anything else. He founded LEÓN Marketing to help different EdTech companies reach more and more people in order to make this world a better place, through communications and education.