Robotics and Coding in the Classroom

Who knew robots in classroom would turn into the next big thing? Give students hands-on tools (cool devices like robots!) to learn – and excel – in 21st century computational thinking and coding is a no brainer in schools across the country.

Sphero, a programmable robot, can be found in more than 20,000 schools around the globe. But that’s not the only thing rolling into classrooms – educational robotic kits, including Dash and Dot, LEGO Mindstorms and LittleBits are also paving the way for students in K-12 to learn progressive coding skills.

However, students get more than just a base of knowledge in coding – teaching and using robotics in the classroom is also giving teachers the means of teaching students persistence and critical problem solving skills.

Apart from being a hands-on, exciting and relevant introduction to STEM for many students, working with robots can reach students who might otherwise struggle in traditional classroom settings, says Chris Kunkel, a math teacher and STEM coordinator in New Jersey.

To read more about how Sphero, LittleBits, and other robots are transforming classroom instruction or to get inspired to bring robots into your own classroom, read Dan Tynan’s article here.

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Kristin Oropeza

Kristin Oropeza is currently a TK-5th Grade Technology TOSA in Southern California. She holds a masters in special education and has worked in public education for over 10 years. Kristin also serves as a director on the CUE Los Angeles board and acts as their Communications Editor. Find her on Twitter @KristinOropeza.

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