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Robotics in the classroom

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Using a robot in the classroom may sound too sci-fi. The truth is that these are being increasingly found in education. In Malta, robotics has been introduced in computing where students choosing this option subject will be using this tool as an aid for their form 3 studies. NXT Mindstorms kits are already available in all government secondary schools and more will be introduced this scholastic year. In form 3, students will be working on a practical task. Students need to see that they use a number of sensors from those available. Such sensors will serve as input and output devices which will help in the completion of the selected task.

Robots allow some autonomy of action based on their programming. Studies show that students engaged with robotics develop logical and programming skills. In mathematics, such a robotics kit allows students to do this through the computer screen instead of on paper. A physical robot is found to be much more engaging as through the use of such a tangible learning tool, students are working hands-on, thus being  engaged and stimulated.

For further information about robotics and help on how this tool may be used in lessons contact me; Keith Aquilina (elearning support teacher) email: keith.a.aquilina@gov.mt or office tel: 29582144

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