Coding Robots for Kids
Early childhood is a wonderful time to spark kids’ interest in coding, robotics, and engineering. Young children are curious about the world around them, and today that world includes technology. Introducing a coding robot for kids promotes positive, creative, and educational engagement with technology. Integrating robotics and coding into early childhood education is easier than you may think, with hands-on, screen-free tools like KIBO.
For children in PreK-2, coding and robotics can introduce STEM concepts to them in a playful way, thereby encouraging them to be excited about further exploration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
Why is it important to introduce coding robots for kids at a young age?
Research shows that even the youngest students can learn sequencing and coding in a fun and engaging way, regardless of curriculum. Specific, powerful and positive learning outcomes for young learners (ages 4–7) when working with robotics include:
- Improved Sequencing Ability in Early Childhood
- Mastery of Foundational Coding and Robotics Skills
- STEAM Success: Integration of Robotics Across Curricula
- Positive Impact on Underrepresented Groups in STEM Fields
Is it easy to integrate playful coding and robotics into early childhood education?
Using a research-based screen-free coding and robotics kit for ages 4 – 7 is easy to integrate within the classroom to engage young students to learn STEAM concepts. By working though the Engineering Design Process, children can design their coding project, develop their sequences of steps, creative construction, revision, and sharing.
How can I introduce creativity in coding and robotics?
Introducing a coding robot for kids can be introduced to even the youngest kids. Some examples include:
- What are you reading with the class? Perhaps you are reading “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” or “Goin on a Bear Hunt”? Decorate the robot to be that character, the children develop their sequence of steps to reenact the story, and bring the robot to life!
- Learning about addition and subtraction? Make a number line, and figure out how many forwards the robot must take to get to the end line. How many backwards movements to get to a certain number.
- Learning the alphabet? Using a Floor Map, use the robot to move from letter to letter to create a word.
The possibilities are endless!
With KIBO, you can easily integrate coding and robotics into your classroom to enhance any curriculum or theme with unlimited possibilities. Because KIBO is open-ended and hands-on, your youngest students can learn STEM/STEAM concepts, such sequencing and coding – and bring their robots to life.
With KIBO, young children will learn the skills necessary to become programmers, engineers, designers, artists, dancers, choreographers, writers, and more!