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Mar 10 2011

Robotics

Partly out of guilt from all of the mornings I spent in his classroom whining and complaining during the fall, I told my sort-of-mentor teacher next door that I’d co-sponsor the Robotics team with him this year. I warned him that I know absolutely nothing about robotics, to which he replied, “you’d be surprised how little Robotics has to do with robots.”

Because I was mostly helping him out by putting my name on a piece of paper and chaperoning field trips, I didn’t have a chance to fully experience the truth behind his statement until this past week, during our first regional competition.

What Robotics DOESN’T really teach kids much about:

  • Robots
  • Math

What Robotics DOES teach kids about:

  • Planning effectively
  • Prioritizing
  • Capitalizing on others’ strengths
  • Holding others accountable
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Backing up claims
  • Analyzing the pros and cons of complex sets of options
  • Failing gracefully
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Making budget spreadsheets on Excel
  • Interacting with professionals
  • Thinking sideways to solve complicated problems creatively
  • Assessing what you know and don’t know
  • Using what you know to get closer to  what you don’t
  • Competing collaboratively
  • Working long hours and reaping the benefits
  • Producing work you’re proud of

THOSE are “21st century skills.” How can I make my classroom look  like THAT?

2 Responses

  1. Stephanie

    I an guessing that the kids are participating in the FIRST Robotics program? An excellent program, glad to hear they are involved. Teaches a lot of skills they will use far past high school.

    • Wess

      YES! FIRST is amazing–I had no idea!

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