The Value of Early Education in Robotics

Early education in any subject area has been proven to reap rewards. One area that some parents may not think about, though, is robotics. For one thing, the term may be confusing. What exactly does “robotics” mean, and why does it benefit students? Parents may also assume that schools take care of such education. In a way, many do, but not until the last years of elementary school. Here is a look at the importance of early education in robotics.

A Future in High-Paying Engineering Careers

Robotics basically merges engineering and technology, and introduces children in early childhood to programming and coding. At ages such as 4, 5 or 6, the projects are nothing fancy, and nothing that requires hours in front of a computer. In fact, they can be similar to building with Lego blocks and other manipulatives, and the end result is a programmable toy.

It’s a great way to prepare kids for a career in engineering, and such careers pay handsomely. Fields of engineering include:

  • Aerospace
  • Civil
  • Computer
  • Industrial
  • Nuclear

Each field also has opportunities for further specialization. In aerospace, for example, engineers might devote their time to developing telescopes, refining parachutes or even creating robots that will one day pick up samples from planets far away. This exciting future for your child can all start today with a fun and educational robotics kit.

An Increasing Necessity

Knowing how to use computer programs such as Microsoft Word has been necessary for current working generations to succeed. You may even remember taking a typing class in middle school or high school. Now, the new necessity is knowing how to code. Many experts say coding will be as widespread and as necessary a function in the near future as typing in a word processing program is right now.

So, it makes complete sense to give your kids a head start, and robotics is a really fun way in which to do it. Even a 4-year-old child can experience tremendous benefits, as research shows that this type of education enhances a child’s social development, fine motor skills, problem solving skills and cognitive ability. Furthermore, the child is not “plopped” in front of a screen for passive learning. The work is very much hands-on. A kit with blocks of varying colors and sizes, for example, strengthens a child’s understanding of manipulatives and number sense.

It’s a win-win all around.