An increasing number of schools, clubs and organizations are launching STEM projects and programs that are focused on getting kids -and in particular girls- interested in robotics and STEM activities.
FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science and Technology), for example, already boasts a global reach of 400,000 students, with 37,000 robots created and over 100,000 mentors and adult supporter roles filled.
Over USD$22 million in scholarship opportunities has been raised robotics education, computer science for kids and over 16-million volunteer hours are served each year.
Across the globe, countries are exploring different ways to get young people, especially girls, interested in the most interesting and various STEM projects.
“One of the things that I really strongly believe in is that we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to (…)”
Barack Obama, 2013.
According to Whitehouse.gov, the development of world-class talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is critical to America’s global leadership. The Obama administration understood that fostering an open and diverse scientific community that draws from an array of unique experiences and viewpoints becomes a necessary step to achieving this vision.
The participation of girls in STEM programs, including robotics initiatives, can be a sign of the gender divide starting to close. The National Robotics League in America, for example, encourages students to build robots.
Through the process of robot building, students’ imaginations are captured as they design, build and compete with their own robotic creations; and through this hands-on effort, gain practical knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math.
Robots: An engaging way to teach STEM
We’ve always mentioned that we believe in letting students experience the world in order to understand it, face it and own it. Our team is composed by people that come from the most various backgrounds, but most of us have one thing in common: We all love learning while having our hands on a project, while doing, while experiencing.
Robotics can be a stunning way for children to start experiencing their learning process in a different, more engaging way. Touching the materials, connecting an Arduino controller, discovering which piece of VEX or Lego will allow and certain robot to perform a specific movement.
By creating a robot, programming the robot’s code on CoderZ and then actually seeing the robot do what you wanted it to do can (and most likely, will) increase the hunger of knowledge from the student’s side.
Le your kids experience their learning process in a more active and engaging way! Now is actually possible and affordable to let your students program virtual and real robots.
Robotics: Integrating both boys and girls into STEM and technology
According to the National Science Foundation, there has been a decline in the number of women earning degrees in engineering, maths, statistics and computer science over the past few years. If we are able to encourage women to pursue STEM degrees, then future generations will have the role models that are needed in this regard.
The gender divide starts at a young age, with girls being given dolls and boys being given toys that are more building-oriented. It is for this reason that we need to start changing this paradigm in order to get all kids more interested in STEM related fields.
A great example of a girl in STEM is our dear RoboGabby. She has been loving robotics, STEM and engineering for a long time now, and as a kid, she has been inspiring thousands of girls, worldwide, to start joining robotics clubs, among many other STEM related things.
How CoderZ can get girls interested in STEM classes?
The CoderZ online STEM learning environment helps children develop their mathematics, computational thinking, programming and other STEM-related skills. The main tool CoderZ has is focused on robotics.
CoderZ’s curriculum delivers the benefits of blended learning – an approach that offers the possibility to combine interactive simulation with world-class hardware, enabling you to build programs that best meet your academic, logistic and budget requirements.
Students can learn how to code virtual or real robots. We will train them to become skilled programmers for robotics – understanding the basic and advanced coding principles and technological systems.
CoderZ’s online learning environment is suitable for all levels, even absolute beginners who will use the Blockly code editor. Now, more experienced students can use real Java code from the very beginning to program their own virtual robots.
We offer a complete online learning environment with videos, curriculum, and lessons. It has been built to offer a supportive teaching structure. Educators can benefit from dedicated support and live webinars. By using a web-based 3D simulator, CoderZ becomes a really affordable way to bring robotics and coding to everyone.
Teachers, are you ready to take your STEM projects to the next level with an online learning environment which teaches kids to solve programming problems? Consider CoderZ as the ideal partner for students to learn robotics programming that incorporates the coding abilities the 21st century requires from them.
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