Robotics and coding have become an integral part of childhood education. Because technology continues to evolve, so do the various things we begin to teach kids at such a young age. So with that said, what can be more awesome than building a robot made of Legos? In all seriousness, Legos are likely the most versatile learning toy available to kids and educators. Lego robotics and education have taken the STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) world by storm.
The Lego Mindstorms products are essentially the building block pieces that kids can use to build robots. These various pieces allow your child to explore the creative problem-solving skills that ultimately lead them into real-world programming of robotics. The Lego education products come in various kits that allow students to explore the world of robotics.
The Robot Inventor Kit
One of the best robotics programming kits that Lego has to offer is the Robot Inventor by Mindstorms. This kit comes with all of the Lego bricks that you need to build your very own robots. Yes, I said robots…as in more than one! This Lego kit allows kids to build and re-build five different kinds of robots. It includes specific instructions on how to program the robot using the Lego software with an Apple or PC device.
As a parent, it sometimes can be difficult to see why and how learning to do these types of things is so important to our kids. But as an educator, I can see how vastly the world is changing through the many different kinds of new things that are required in teaching. STEM education is the future of any child’s learning because technology is not just prevalent now. It is practically a primary necessity.
Lego products are aimed specifically at making STEM-related projects something kids genuinely enjoy engaging in, as well as being educational. These various products peak interest in the mind of a child as well as the adults helping!
If there is one thing everyone knows, it is that technology will not go backward but will continue to push forward in any way it can. Sometimes this is a great thing, and in others, it can seem scary and invasive. However, this does not take away from the fact that as technology and the world of robotics progress, there will need to be a new generation of people ready to take on the challenges of creating and furthering new technologies.
Sometimes, purchasing robot programming kits can be expensive. Many times, parents do not know exactly what they are buying. One of the great things about any of the Lego learning products (aside from the pain of stepping on a Lego) is the simple fact that educators worldwide use these to help kids learn how to create, count, program, and design.
If purchasing a robotics kit is way out of your budget, a petition to get your child involved in a robotics or STEM program at their school, or if there is no program, petition to get one. These programs are invaluable and will set kids up for the future.