Robotics is a unique area of
study, bringing together programming, problem solving, engineering, mathematics
and physics. At its most basic level, robotics breathes life into programming,
with pupils swiftly able to see the working results of their coding efforts.
After building and putting their own designs to the test, children gain
confidence in their abilities and are more open to trying out harder and more
challenging tasks across the spectrum of engineering, programming, mathematics
The broader advantages to children in learning robotics and programming have been widely studied and reported. The link between understanding how to code and improved mathematics problem solving abilities is also well known. Perhaps just as importantly, both the Japanese and US Departments of Employment report that by 2025 one of the most in demand professions will be that of robotics programmer. An equally compelling reason to learn coding and understand robotics came when the Financial Times interviewed Ray Dalio, head of the world’s largest hedge fund. “We’re headed for a world where you’re either going to be able to write algorithms and speak that language or be replaced by algorithms” said Dalio.
For further reading on the state of computer science in British education, see this recent report from the Royal Society.
Choosing the right teaching robot is essential. Mainstream products are unable to deliver a continuous educational experience from basic steps to professional challenges, projects and serious competitions. We have therefore partnered with TRIK, a leading provider of cybernetic educational platforms. TRIK was born out of the need for programming teaching tools at secondary school and undergraduate level and the requirement for a cost effective platform for R&D at university level. It is a major step forward from the competition, leaving behind the plastic block systems that children start to outgrow from as young as 11. The programming flexibility of TRIK allows children to use visual programming language as well as any professional language including C++, JAVA and Python, so pupils can start with the basics and go all the way up to professional tools. For children, the ability of TRIK robots to see, hear, talk and of course move, turns the subject of programming into a creative game.