STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths – in schools has been actively supported by the Australian government as a way of increasing skills for our future workforce. As our homes and workplaces become increasingly digitised, it is important our children have the knowledge and skills to understand and work with these technologies.
In schools, the Australian Curriculum includes Digital Technologies education. Divided into two sections these streams integrate STEM into student learning:
1) Digital Technologies stream (robotics, 3D printers etc)
2) Design & Technologies stream (creativity, construction, design)
The digital technologies curriculum acts to increase skills in creativity, design and understanding digital systems.
The Robot Lady crosses both these sections of the Digital Technologies curriculum through the use of robotics and coding as well as creativity.
Ozobots are used in the workshops held by The Robot Lady as a way to encourage design, creativity and collaboration, as well as digital learning opportunities for your students. The children work together designing and constructing an Ozobot maze or village, and add coding stickers or draw coding colours into the design so that both aspects of the digital learning curriculum are included in the workshops.
In the Lego Battlebots workshop, The Robot Lady provides opportunities for your students to build and design a robot using Lego and to code the robot to ‘battle’ using a drag and drop app on an iPad and robotics sensors.
Other workshops being developed by the Robot Lady include the build and code Kamigami robots, Ozobots that are coded via an iPad drag and drop app, and robots that can be remote controlled via a mobile or iPad device (Ozobots, Kamigami, EV3 Lego robots).
The Digitial Technologies curriculum encourages creativity, collaboration and problem solving and The Robot Lady includes opportunities for this to occur in all coding classes with your students.