Maybe you think your child is too young for the more advanced robot building and computer programming classes? Or maybe you think you might have a little Tech Genius on your hands but you want to test the waters a bit? Maybe you are just trying to feed your child's growing mind and don't know where to begin? Well, the Rolling Robots Bots for Tots series was designed with you and your child in mind.
By working closely with young Tech Geniuses under the age of 5, we have created a series of workshop-based classes suited to that age group to get your child started off right. Here, 4 to 5-year-olds can start learning STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts matched perfectly to their age level.
The workshops are designed to be a fun way to teach children mechanical, electrical, and engineering concepts, as well as develop their fine motor skills and creative thinking!
Our curriculum is based off extensive research we've done with the younger groups of kids at Rolling Robots. Workshops focus on hands-on projects proven to convey basic engineering concepts to children in an entertaining and engaging manner. The activities will expose your child to the world of math and science in a way that will be both constructive and rewarding. The program teaches practical skills that your child will use immediately while helping them build a strong foundation in engineering concepts which they can use to further learn and grow.
Some of the things your child will learn are:
- Shapes, colors and pattern recognition
- Basic engineering tools and building
- The principles of motion
- Measurement, including how to use a ruler
- Sequencing and the ordering of objects
- Basic mathematics
- Fine motor skills
- Coordination and visual dexterity
- Sharing, teamwork, planning, and problem solving
- The engineering design process
- And even some basic coding!
Some of the classes are based on projects with readily available items such as building bridges with soda straws and towers with marshmallows. Other classes are based on some of the more interesting Children's toys and games we sell at Rolling Robots.
Counting with Clics
We use Clics to teach counting and measurements. With these colorful, easy-to-assemble blocks, we build rectangular cars that teach kids the concepts of length, width, and height, and how they fundamentally describe a three-dimensional object.
Young children can begin learning the concept of patterns quickly with the help of the game Q-Bitz. We start by exposing the students to simple patterns consisting of colors, shapes, and even sounds, including some musical games. Recognizing and using patterns is essential to future mastery of engineering, computer science, and even music! The Q-Bitz game requires students to look at a pattern on a card and then recreate it using blocks that each have a part of the pattern on one of their six sides. In addition to teaching patterns, the children need to recognize 3D shapes and improve their fine motor skills by correctly placing the small blocks. One example is shown below.
Programming with Robot Turtles
Robot Turtles is a board game for your 3 to 8-year-old and their friends. In addition to being way fun, it also "sneakily teaches the fundamentals of programming," says Dan Shapiro, the inventor of the Robot Turtles game. As a programmer and father to some inquisitive kids of his own, Dan often wondered: How old does a child need to be to start learning how to program? Do they even need to be able to read first? Working with his 4-year-old twins he invented this fascinating game that we use in our workshops when instructing young kids in the art of basic programming. The game is played by moving the Robot Turtles by using action cards that imitate the basic structure of logic and commands integral to all advanced programming languages. Our 4-6 year-olds have great fun with the turtles and don't even realize they are exercising their brains with logical thinking exercises and are actually learning to approach and solve problems in the same way a programmer would!
Preparation for Fun with Technology
Through the Bots for Tots series we are preparing our students for the next levels of their STEM learning, which is our Fun with Technology series designed for 6 and 7-year-olds. When they get to the concepts of electrical circuits, schematic diagrams, and programming using Scratch, they will have a foundation of solid STEM concepts to build upon in the future.
Have a look at a sample of our Bots for Tots classes here: Bots for Tots. Then, please look at our other workshops as well. Your child can drop in for a single class, signup for a month, or become a member at our Membership page.
Hope to see you in class soon!