We’ve said it many times: the world has changed. When being part of the ongoing 4th industrial revolution there are many things we must take into consideration in order to succeed with our students, within the classroom. Today, we are going to talk about the importance of inclusivity, and how to achieve it within our STEM classes.
Many say that their classes are inclusive and that everyone can learn, access and understanding their programs and curricula, but not many are making an effort to actually achieve it.
Nowadays, the number of different ways to teach and learn STEM enables us to use tools that will assure an inclusive classroom, where everyone will learn, participate, and have outstanding hills within their learning process. Today, we are going to show you how to incorporate virtual robotics into your classroom, to say proud and loud that you do have an inclusive class, where everyone can learn.
An inclusive and integrated approach
Teaching STEM with robots has proven itself to be an extraordinary way to engage students with STEM fields since it incorporates math, physics, engineering, and coding as well as some amazing soft skills like critical thinking, teamwork and problem-solving.
Although, and until now, robotics programs were expensive and needed highly trained instructors, causing less and less students to learn with robotics.
But don’t worry. Things have changed. Today, there are several robotics programs available for you to use in the classroom to make sure your students appreciate your STEM class as an instance that will give them numerous tools for their near future.
CoderZ, for example, is an online learning environment that turns robotics for education into something accessible, affordable, scalable, enjoyable and reachable for all. CoderZ is used in all of the Cyber Robotics Coding Competitions done in the United States and in Paraguay, among other countries.
But how are cyber robotics related to more inclusive education? Well, thanks to initiatives like CoderZ, students can now have their very own virtual robot – which is fully compatible with the LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 – and accomplish gamified missions, while developing 21st-century skills and gaining a deeper and more intense STEM-related knowledge.
Competitions can help: There is a role for everyone
A few weeks ago we showed you how to implement a robotics competition in your own classroom, allowing all students to program a robot and to learn with a standards-aligned curriculum while accomplishing gamified missions.
Well, today we maintain what we said: Robotics competitions can be for everyone. There is no need to get expensive hardware in order to engage all of your students in such activity. We deeply believe that each student, worldwide, has the right to learn with engaging tools and to be part of a movement that changes -somehow- the paradigm of the old, traditional classroom.
Competitions, and especially robotics competitions, can be an amazing place for all students to interact with each other and have one same goal in common: Gain more skills, strengthen their natural abilities, and practicing teamwork in order to win.
Having a virtual platform that they can access with just having an internet connection, will enable them to practice from wherever they are, allowing the learning process to continue happening, even after school time is over.
Robotics for all. And all means all.
CoderZ was created to offer a solution. To offer a space where all students could learn how to code and how to program robots without the need of spending thousands of dollars inexpensive hardware. We believe that kids can, indeed, develop the skills they’ll need in the near future in a different, and more inclusive way.
Learning with virtual robots equals inclusivity not only because everyone can learn only by having an internet connection, but also because we have created a number of engaging features to allow all students to create outstanding things. Students who didn’t believe in themselves, or students who were more oriented to a humanistic side, will see themselves programming their very own virtual robot and succeeding at it!
As you can see, learning STEM in an affordable, inclusive and accessible way can increase your students’ self-esteem… and for all teachers, that should be the ultimate goal. Making them believe that everything they dream about, is or can be possible.
To try it yourself, register for a free trial of CoderZ. Discover how amazing the experience of teaching and learning with virtual robots can be. With no extra effort for the teachers, and with several new benefits for the students. We are here to make STEM enjoyable and engaging. May the code be with you!