Robotics encourages students to actively engage in hands-on learning incorporating creativity and fun simultaneously. It incorporates a range of skills, promoting a learning environment for people with different talents. It can promote a culture of teamwork as students work collaboratively to create robots and problem solve.
Robotics also helps to develop computational thinking. The Australian Curriculum defines computational thinking as, ‘a problem-solving method that involves various techniques and strategies that can be implemented by digital systems. Techniques and strategies may include organising data logically, breaking down problems into parts, defining abstract concepts and designing and using algorithms, patterns and models’. Students will be using the Engineering Design Process Model to design and build various robots for specific tasks. Undertaking relevant research and reflecting on their progress will also help them achieve their goals.