Why KidsEdu promotes “Building and Coding” vs. “Just Coding” in preschool STEM education

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We are re-sharing an insightful blog post from our partner Whalesbot, on the interesting topic of: why KidsEdu and Whalesbot promote “building and coding” versus “just coding” in preschool STEM Education?

Experienced kindergarten teachers will tell you that one of the best ways for kids to learn STEM skills is through hands-on activities. Building and coding robots is a great way for kids to learn about STEM, as it combines the physical act of building with the logical thinking required to code. Robot toys offer learning opportunities in both building sets and computer science, promoting problem solving and thinking skills, and providing a valuable STEM learning experience for kids.

Benefits of Building and Coding Robots

There are many benefits to building and coding robots for kids. Here are a few:

  • Increased understanding of STEM concepts: When kids build and code robots, they learn about a variety of STEM concepts, such as mechanics, electronics, and programming.
  • Improved problem-solving skills: Building and coding robots requires kids to solve problems. They must identify problems, come up with solutions, and test those solutions.
  • Developed creativity: Building and coding robots allows kids to be creative. They can design their own robots and come up with their own ideas for how to make them work.
  • Increased confidence: Building and coding robots can help kids feel more confident in their abilities. They can see the fruits of their labor and feel a sense of accomplishment.

Disadvantages of Kids Just Learning Coding Without Building

A parent might wonder: “Can I just teach my kid coding?” Of course you can! However, there are distinct disadvantages to kids just learning coding without building.

Firstly, it can be difficult for kids to understand the concepts behind coding without seeing how they apply to the physical world. Secondly, kids who only learn coding may not develop the problem-solving and creativity skills that are essential for success in STEM fields. Thirdly, kids who only learn coding may not be as motivated to learn, as they may not see the immediate benefits of their work. Lastly, young children spending too much time in front of the screen is not recommended by educational experts.

We have a few more tips for making children curious and WANT to learn more about STEM:

  • Make it fun: Learning should be fun, so make sure to find activities that your child enjoys.
  • Be patient: It takes time for kids to learn new things, so be patient and encouraging.
  • Offer support: Be there to help your child when they need it, but don’t do everything for them.
  • Praise their efforts: Let your child know that you are proud of their efforts, even if they don’t succeed at first.

Free, fun preschool STEM resources for parents

What have been your child’s experience with his/her first STEM/robotic kit? Do share with us in the comment below, and get in touch with us for more preschool STEM news and resources, like these free AR-enabled coloring books for 3-5 years -old children.

>>> Source: https://www.whalesbot.ai/blog/the-advantage-of-building-and-coding-vs-just-coding-for-kids-in-stem-education


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