Coding… Robotics… Programming… STEM… STEAM… Today, parents are spoiled with a myriad of choices for their kids. And with choices, comes confusion – the paradox of choice. In this article, we will focus on a very common question most parents ask: Coding vs Robotics. These two terms are often interchangeably used. But are they the same?
Let us look at the differences between Coding and Robotics.
What is it about?
Children learn to write instructions for robots or machines. There are 2 types of languages:
1) Block-based (eg. Scratch)
2) Text-based (eg. Python)
Children learn to design and build robots. They learn to program the robots to perform and execute certain tasks. There are 2 types of languages:
1)Block-based (eg. Lego Robotics)
2) Text-based (eg. C++)
What do they learn?
Focus on software and developing step by step instructions by applying logical thinking skills and mathematical knowledge.
Focus on hardware (i.e. the structures and mechanicals of the robots) and software (i.e. coding knowledge).
There are free coding games available for home-practices (Tynker, Minecraft, Scratch etc.).
Robotics kits are required for home-practices.
Is it suitable for remote learning?
Flexible for on-site and online learning.
On-site learning is highly recommended.
What can they use with the knowledge?
Children equipped with the knowledge of text-based language (ie. Python) are able to develop apps or games so long they have a computer.
Children develop high logical and critical thinking skills. These skills tend to assist children in their school work, particularly in subjects such as Mathematics and Science.
Children are able to use their creativity to design and create their own robot or even modify their toys.
Children develop strong technical skills for engineering. Engineering can help a child to understand real-world technologies and problems, thus allowing them to see how their other school subjects are relative to their lives and the world around them.
Children have broader selections including Robotics engineering, Web and App developing, Software engineering etc.
Children may pursue education in specific areas in engineering such as Robotics engineering , Aerospace engineering, Mechanical engineering etc.
Robotics school usually caters to younger children, as robotics can be a good starting platform for children. Robots serve as a useful educational tool as kids learn faster and better through visual cues. As such, some coding schools include robots as part of their facilitation elements for younger children to see tangible results based on their coding.
As we move up the age levels, it may be advisable to move to a coding/programming school as visual cues are no longer necessary in facilitating the learning progression of a child. Additionally, learning coding gives a child a broader selection of choices for them to pursue their interests.
The Lab Singapore provides coding to children ages 5 to 16 years old. The unique difference lies with the use of robots to teach coding as the school believes that robots are a good tool to facilitate the deliverance of their curriculum.
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