You may be wondering what a robotics program is, or how is it significant to student learning. Robotics is an interdisciplinary brand of science that involves engineering the conception, design and operations of mechanical robots. Sounds like a mouthful, right? Well it is – and students are able to transfer their knowledge in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to create robots that compete in robotic competitions.
Through robotics, students learn to collaborate in a team environment, enhance their social skills and utilize skills in creative thinking, problem solving and computer programming. These collaborative skills are essential for student success, no matter what subject they choose to pursue in the future.
Introducing STEM programs to children is important in this technology-driven world, but for educators it is also about how to make Calgary more sustainable. A program like this will allow students to develop skills that will prepare them for success in their future careers, whether in a STEM field or not.
The thought of taking a “traditional” STEM class might seem difficult or mundane to some students but the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) have been encouraging students to take part in robotics as a way to get them excited in STEM.
The response towards robotics have been great based on student participation, however the program is in fact a non-core related activity and is considered extracurricular. Without extra funding from organizations such as EducationMatters, many students cannot take part in robotics.
This program is an investment in our future community leaders – please join us in providing an enriched education and brighter futures for our Calgary students!
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• Big Robots, Big Competition, Big Opportunities
• Building Community by Building Robots
• Ernest Manning High School Community Robotics
• CBE Robotics Teams Heading to World Championships in Houston, Texas
• Nelson Mandela High School Robotics Club