What is STEM Education?
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.
The foundation of all Robotics is science. Robots allow us to study our universe, both physical and natural better than ever before. Robots that pull or lift objects can help a child's understanding of physics concepts like forces with simple machines. Building a robot from scratch, and seeing how different parts affect how their robot behaves, teaches children the fundamental aspects of science: observation and experimentation.
There are new technologies being introduced everyday. One thing most have in common is that they are programmable. Programming is a technology that robotics can make understandable and approachable. By learning robotics, a child is exposed to how programming a device effects the real world. Our variation of robotics platforms offers an increasingly challenging number of educational programming software as the child becomes more comfortable with the concepts, going from simple drag-and-drop command software to programs designed to teach simple computer coding syntax and structure.
Engineers are involved in building everything from cars to cities, and children can learn a great deal about the field of engineering through robotics. Learning to build a robot, helps children in understanding concepts like design and function, all in the fun and exciting form of a robot.
Robotics can be a great teaching aid for mathematics as math can be a very difficult subject for children, especially when we go beyond basic concepts. Robots can provide an interactive method to teach math by taking the numbers off the page and into real life. Students will observe simple math concepts in play such as addition and subtraction, as well as more advanced concepts like measurements of speed, distances and angles to control robotic movements.