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Robotics is a great way to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering, and math


And yes they WILL be excited

They WILL use their imaginations

They WILL us their brains


Studies show that it is highly effective in developing team-work and self-confidence.




Sphero SPRK: The robot ball which teaches you how to code




I love MINDSTORMS packages. The LEGO  Mindstorm series of kits contain software and hardware to create small, customizable and programmable robots. They include a programmable brick computer that controls the system, a set of modular sensors and motors, and LEGO parts from the Technics line to create the mechanical systems.


Mindstorms was developed in conjunction with Seymour Papert one of my all time heroes. He said in 1965 that every child should have a computer.  Amazing

"In my vision of this field its professionals will need special combinations of competences. Apart from a foundation in scientific knowledge and technological skill they will need high degrees of psychological sensitivity and 'artistic' imagination. For the ones who will make the greatest social contribution will be those who know how to mold the computer into forms which people will love to use and in ways which will lead them on to enrichment and enhancement...." (from Solomon, p.133)


Studies of Robotics can also incorporate investigation of all the great movies like

Forbidden Planet with Robbie the Robot,

Lost in Space - Robot D-9,

Star Wars R2-D2 and C-3PO right through to

Data in StarTrek- Next Gen.

Studies of industrial Robots and their impact. And researchable with fabulous YouTube Videos.


Why don’t we have robots taking care of our every need by now? A little history of the field of robotics might help you understand how hard it is to get machines to perform tasks, and how far we’ve come in just a few decades.


A Guide to Robotics Technology
Great site with lots of info about the history of Robotics, as well as uses, careers, labelling of parts etc. Site recommended by Lindy Powell and her Brownie Scouts




or the UK


Good RobOtic Stores

Offer packages suitable for Preschool, Primary, Secondary, University and Enthusiasts

It is a good reference point for suitable packages.

has some great projects and Videos.





Lego NXT Dancing to the Rhythm


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