Robotics and Coding for Kids

Updated: Apr 1


February 23rd, 2022



David Peachment













 


Robotics and Coding for Kids


When someone says “robotics,” people often jump to ideas of self-driving cars, robotic arms for surgery, or a futuristic android. But robotics can start at a much smaller scale. A scale that kids can learn and grow with, allowing them to eventually tackle the more significant projects and advance humanity’s technology. Through a few different robotic toys for kids, children can understand the fundamentals of robotics, coding, and electronics in an easy-to-digest way. With this strong knowledge base, they can pursue higher education and reach for the stars!

There are many different tools kids can use and play with, but for the sake of time, I’m just going to talk about my three favourites!



Lego Mindstorms


The first robotics set I want to talk about (and also my personal favourite one, but I’m also a sucker for Lego) is Lego Mindstorms. What do you get when you combine the buildability and fun of Lego with robotics? You get an amazing learning and engaging experience for kids! Lego Mindstorms includes a small computer that can be programmed in a huge wide array of ways! You connect Lego pieces to it and build whatever robot you want! Once the bot is built, kids can tell it exactly what to do and how to function. This allows the students to play around with different styles of robots and design whatever they can think up! Want a robot that can draw? Build one with an arm attached to a crayon and program it to move in a specific pattern. Think it would be fun to duel battle bots? Use your Lego pieces to create spikes to push an opponent bot out of the arena! The options are endless and only limited by the child’s imagination. Upgrade their Lego fun, and add in an educational element to it with Lego Mindstorms!