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SKILL BASED EDUCATION - Need of an hour!
Today, we are living in a post covid world where we have seen an all of a sudden shift in the education industry! Today, everyone is looking for skill-based education instead of book based and just basic knowledge-based education. In the developed nations like USA, companies are looking out for the candidates who have mastered the art of applying some specific skills, regardless of their education background.
While everyone is so much into this skill-based education, the million-dollar question is – is it possible to impart skill based education to a primary or a middle school child? Surprisingly, the answer is yes! Yes we delve deep into it, one must be aware of the top 5 tech skills that will be in most demand in 2025 as per McKinsey Global –
Internet of Things
While each and every skill takes a couple of years to master, a child must start from somewhere and as per various research conducted, robotics is considered as one of the best platforms to learn such skills! Why?
WELL, THE ANSWER IS SIMPLE – ROBOTICS IS A COMBINATION OF –
Design & Technology
Most importantly, robotics as a platform offers ample amount of hands-on learning opportunities, which can keep the learner engaged for hours at a stretch!
Getting straight to the point, if you are looking to start your child's skill development journey, there are various educational robotics platforms to look into –
And many more. As a Lego lover, I would personally look forward to Lego tools to start the robotics journey. Now, Lego also offers a variety of options for the kids and parents to explore –
Age 8 and above
Lego Robotics Inventor
Age 10 and above
Today, I will be discussing more in depth about Lego Boost kit as with this kit, I chose to kickstart my career as an author with Pack Publication with the first book being “Build and Code Creative Robots with Lego Boost”. As a robotics coach for K-12 kids with 10 years of experience, I have poured all the knowledge that I have gained through these years by mentoring 3000+ students and 200+ educators. It is an exhaustive book with 12 chapters and one challenge in the main section and 4 bonus chapters. A child will start as a rookie learner from the first chapter and end his / her journey as a confident roboticist by cracking the final challenge. I have used scratch programming language to program the Boost robots.
Children will build some creative robots like -
and many more! While they will learn how to make a robot move without wheels, they will also build robots for industrial application, just like an automated color sorter!
Children also understand the usage and practical application of motion and color sensor in this book and develop various intriguing projects around it. By the end of this course, as the children will be capable of developing their own robots, they will feel confident about participating in various famous robotics competitions like World Robot Olympiad (WRO) and FIRST Lego League!
The structure of the book is designed in a way that almost all the basic concepts for robotics are covered and children can replicate these learning across any platforms and not only Lego! I am sure kids, parents and Lego enthusiasts will like this book and learn a lot more things through this book. Step by step building instructions will help you to build the complex robots in the easiest manner. If you are looking for the most comprehensive robotics Kickstarter book and kit for your child, give no second thought and buy this book and start building and coding your own robots!
Just to conclude, this book will help develop the following 21st century skills in your child –
I look forward to seeing your child progressing in robotics career with the help of this book.