Wednesday - The Engineering Program
Students ages 6-9 will be introduced to projects in which they will build a simple structure (such as lego animals or a man) and program some simple commands to provide movement to the structure. Some of the projects for this age group include:
- WeDo kits
- Electronic LittleBits
Students ages 10-14 will have the opportunity to gain familiarity with more advanced projects, many of which involve using sensors (light, touch, and distance) to enable the robot to interact with its surroundings:
- The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics Kit
- Drone Flight and Mechanics
- Raspberry Pi Programming
Robotics and engineering is challenging yet rewarding. Different students will be at different paces. However, every student will develop the ability to think for him or herself as they work through and solve problems. In addition to learning, doing projects will allow and encourage students to think through and develop solutions. These hands on projects enhance and reinforce learning as students that observe what their robots do are better able to summarize and explain what they learned. Some projects will be completed in groups, which will develop teamwork skills as students work together towards a common goal.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in a Robotics Competition. By structuring an engineering challenge as a competition, we hope to increase kids self-motivation and STEAM learning. In the process, they will gain valuable engineering skills as well as life skills including leadership, team building, communication, perseverance, project management, problem solving and critical thinking skills.