October 1, 2019

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Hi ???? guys, Lisa here from Happy Explorers and in this post we’re going to talk about Kindergarten Robotics.

What I’m hoping you will be able to get from this is an idea that robotic play is accessible to your classroom right now. It’s not a complicated idea to implement by a simple educational approach that will help scaffold Technology play into your school.

 5 Steps To Introduce Robotics To Kinder Kids ????

When you implement these 5 steps into your classroom, your confidence in practising STEM education will rise, and your technology skill will grow. Start talking about what a robot is, how robots move, and how we get to be the ones that tell robots what to do.

As a super cool bonus, you will be able to walk straight into your class and do a robot coding activity with our free printable

5 Steps to Introducing Robotics to Kindergarten Kids

        1. Introducing a Robot
        2. Comparing Robots
        3. Verbal Robot Coding Challenge
        4. Symbol Robot Coding Challenge
        5. Team Work Robot Game

STEP 1 – Robot Introduction. 

Now its time to have a discussion, about what your kids know about robots. It’s not important to direct their conversations towards the exact answer. It’s more important to open up their awareness of their experience with robots. I’m sure most kiddies will have seen some robots on TV or in books but have they seen the little vacuum robots that are now cleaning many homes? Just like this!

You will be able to tell if your kids are interested in talking more about robots and from there you can go on to tell them that a robot is a computer and a machine put together ????+ ????. Robots can have arms, legs, wheels, eyes and other sensors. But they don’t have to have all of these things to be a robot.

STEP 2 – Compair Robots.

Robots come in all different sizes and shapes. In my Kinder Coders Classes, I always show the kids two different pictures of robots and ask the kids what they think they are. After that, I get them to circle the part of the robots that are the same. Let’s take at two different robots pictures.

Robot                                     Robots making cars

The first image is the more traditional image of a bot and one that the kids will instantly recognise. The second image a picture of a robot that is more common in our society and one that the kids will find hard to name. It is a manufacturing robot that helps us make cars.

STEP 3 – Verbal Robot Coing Challenge.

Ok, now we’re onto the Fun Stuff. Time for a gross motor game of robots and actions. Stand in front of the kids and tell them they are now robots and like robots, someone will need to program them. That someone will be you. As the programmer, you will use your words to tell your little robots what to do. You can make a list of cool actions and, I’ll list some below, but a pro tip is to include directions like forwards, backwards, left and right. That’s because if you plan to use children robotic and coding toys at a later stage, then this knowledge will help your little learners with their directions.

CODING KIDS

Verbal Coding Actions:

    • Go Left
    • Go Right
    • Step Forward
    • Step Backwards
    • Clap
    • Jump
    • Spin To The Left
    • Spin To The Right
    • Balance On One Leg
    • Wave With Your Left Hand

STEP 4 – Symbol Robot Coding Challenge.

Now your kids are used to the fact that a command needs to be told to a robot before it can move. Next, you can step into the process of coding through symbols. You will need to make your own symbol cards for this. They can be based on the above actions and just need to be the picture of that action. Once you have the symbol action cards ready you can flip them in front of your kid robots and watch them read and respond to the commands.

STEP 5 –  Teamwork Coing Game.

Step back and watch your hard work turn into a game all by itself. Here you will ask the kids to code each other. They will work in pairs and one will code the other in a little challenge like pick up a cup! Good work Teacher.

So that’s it.

5 simple steps to start the robotic journey you are going to take in your class or home. Enjoy and let me know how your kids find the activities and any resources you might want to go with these steps.

If you need a helping hand with bringing tech into your classroom, then take a look at our incursions and coding program for a full immersion experience. After this program, you will feel like a teacher that can easily implement technology into your everyday lesson plan.

Another amazing video

Creative writing and algorithm games

In this video, I’ll be walking you through two main issues that occur when you start kids on a journey of creative storytelling and algorithmic writing. Plus I’ll be seeking outside help from a trusted education source William Ready. They make writing stencils that help develop confidence in early literacy and also help me solve one of the issues I often face in a Kinder Coders class. I’d love to know your thoughts on this video so please feel free to comment below.

What is an algorithm game?

If you’re an early year’s educator or a partent wanting to explore pre-literacy coding then why not have a go at writing arrow algorithm with your children. An arrow algorithm is like telling a story by using arrows to move through the story. You can use this free printable below or try out an algorithm gamebook or super adavnced and get a Cubetto robot . Tell me all about your experience, your struggles and achievements via email or in the comment below. If you are using our printable, you will find it on this link.

Take that algorithm to the next level

All you need to do is make a play-doh robot with your kids and walk it through the line maze. Ask them to draw the corresponding direction the robots take in arrows ( it doesn’t matter if it is correct), in the grid below the maze. The H in the printable stands for hopscotch, something we physically do to build gross motor skills and scaffold coding concepts in our classes. But you could ask your kids to make something up that the robot has to do once it lands on it. If your keen for more junior STEM activities and inspiration the join me on Instagram or my email list.

About Lisa:

Lisa is a Mum and a Laboratory Technician who is passionate about providing science an technology play experiences to her own children. From this passion she shares ways to teach and explore these subject with children in the early years from babies to grade 1.

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