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3 Reasons To learn Robotics and Coding

There is an opinion that only teenagers who are thinking about a career in IT should be taught programming.

For kids, it is difficult and unnecessary. However, this is a practical skill that is very useful in today’s actively developing world. And even a preschooler can master the basics of programming and robotics.

Why is it important to study coding and robotics?

Learning robotics and coding is important since it:

  • Creates motivation for learning. Programming and robotics for kids are inextricably connected with mathematics, physics, mechanics, logic, and English. While trying to understand all this, the kid is obtaining new knowledge.
  • Develops problem-solving skills. The child learns to divide the big problem into smaller parts, find similarities between elements, identify unobvious details and line up fragments in the right algorithm to find the optimal solution.
  • Stimulates creative thinking. During the learning process, children create games, animations, and art objects. Generally, training in programming and natural language processing is an investment in your child’s future. The child, who has acquired basic skills and knowledge in the field of science and technology, will feel more confident in the modern world and will be able to deal easier with new technologies. This will be useful both for everyday life and for many professions.

What skills do coding and robotics develop?

Such activities as coding and robotics develop in children the following qualities:

  • Ability to implement the knowledge acquired. Building a robot requires the children to use their motor skills, which helps them take information from the cognitive level to the practical level in the real environment.
  • Team work. With projects that involve working together with other kids, they learn to collaborate, evaluate ideas, and pick the best one without bias.
  • Increase focus and attention. When learning coding or robotics, minor mistakes can create huge obstacles and require kids to be very attentive in their work. This develops their concentration and focus skills that can be applied in other areas.
  • Development of creative imagination. As there is no single right answer to the challenges that kids may face in this field, they can develop their practical skills through finding different solutions.  It shows children that they are able to come up with innovative solutions by using their creativity.

The study of programming can be a great way to develop important skills. Children who have successfully studied computer technology, have a better chance of finding an interesting and popular job. Practical skills obtained will be useful not only in the IT sphere, but also in marketing, sales, finance, and many other areas.

Now there are many tools and resources that will help children learn to program on their own. But the best option is training under the guidance of experienced mentors.

Where can children learn coding and robotics in Singapore?

If you're looking for a place in Singapore where kids can learn programming and robotics, here is our Maker.sg. This is Singapore's holiday camp and weekly lessons for children aged 3 to 16. Here they can learn the basics of robotics, coding, and engineering. One of Maker's main objectives is to teach children future-oriented skills that will serve them well when they grow up.

Let's have a closer look at the forms of training.

Weekly classes

In the weekly format, the child will attend a 75-minute lesson once a week. Classes are held in small groups of 3-5 children under the guidance of 1-2 teachers. Beginners' training starts with individual sessions to determine the level and select the appropriate group.

Weekly sessions in MAKER are held in several directions:

ROBOTICS. This is a class for children 6-13 years old who are interested in robotics. In lego robotics class, students will master such knowledge as problem-solving, prototyping, computational thinking, data analysis and interpretation, and information assessment. Students will learn how to create and program advanced robots themselves.

MAKER. This type of activity is intended for kids from 6 to 13 years old who are interested in engineering and invention. Here, children can create, invent, explore, and discover various tools and materials. They will learn the basics of engineering and programming, schematics, and modeling.

ABC Tech. These are classes on coding for kids 3-5 years old. The program includes two blocks, lasting 8 weeks each. On ABC coding, children learn to animate in Scratch Junior, understand code, algorithms and cycles. In ABC robotics, children will learn to control two types of robots, understand the nature of electricity and the construction of electrical circuits, as well as the application of algorithms in robotics.

No additional accessories are required to attend the training. All necessary materials are provided by Maker.

Holiday camps

Holiday camps from Maker are designed for children from 5 to 14 years old. It is a 5-day program that takes place daily from 9 am to 4 pm. All programs include practical exercises with different tools, such as 3D handles, Squishy Circuit, Chibitronics, 3D puzzles, Makey, Quibits, and others. Children experiment a lot, make various crafts, and acquire new knowledge and skills.

Children’s meals at the camp are 2 snacks and lunch. Diet meals can be added upon request. Maker can arrange the bus transportation to holiday camp from most placeslocations. Children are divided into small groups of 5 kids of the same age.

The holiday Maker camp is open all year round and each season includes camps: the Summer camp, the Autumn camp, the Christmas camp, the CNY camp, and the Easter camp. Each camp has its own unique program, which is periodically updated.

Kids are engaged in design, construction, programming, and experiments at holiday camps. They study basic machine learning, coding, 3D modeling, engineering, and programming.

Children deal not only with robotics, but also with engineering, schematics and inventions. They learn to create robots and apply their imagination and creativity.

At the camp, children will participate in such events as:

  • Lego building competition;
  • Ozobot competition;
  • Wooden 3D project;
  • Catapult challenge;
  • Dominos competition;
  • etc.

Children will make their own:

  • Spy bird with light;
  • DIY doodling robot;
  • Jumping robot;
  • Easy-moving robot;
  • DIY Helicopter;
  • etc.

All holiday camps for kids are different, so the child can attend all events. In addition, the Maker changes the contents of the program every year. And the kids can come back here and learn something new every time.

In conclusion…

You don’t have to make kids learn boring rules and formulas. For a child to really learn something, the process must be interesting and exciting. And the Maker is doing its best to engage kids and make them interested in programming and expert systems.

By mastering programming and coding, children learn to think out of the box, stop being afraid of mistakes, and find ways to express themselves. And, of course, kids get a strong foundation for professional development and a successful future.

You can also check out other enrichment classes for your child.

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