How to Get Your Kids Excited About Robotics
According to Neil de Grasse Tyson, all kids are born scientists. The problem is us, adults. We often forget to allow kids to be kids and to take things apart and put them back together. That’s why I compiled tips on how to get your child excited about robotics and toys that that spark that love.
Tyson says, “Kids are born scientists. They’re always turning over rocks and plucking petals off of flowers. They’re always doing things that by and large are destructive. That’s what exploration kind of is. If you take stuff apart, whether or not you know how to put it back together. This is what kids do. An adult scientist is a kid who never grew up.”
Read on for some ways you can help your child get excited about robotics and stem, all while having fun.
1. Make School Subjects Fun
When you think about it, science is derived from many types of study like math and physics. If you can get your child to enjoy math and get excited about learning how things work, how they’re built and effects and cause, you’re doing good. If they have a solid understanding, they have a great foundation to continue learning.
2. Take them to a Competition
If you hop online, you will discover that there are competitions across the country. Consider taking your child to one of these competitions. That way, they can see how they work, what other like-minded people are doing and what they can aspire to with some curiosity and passion.
3. Get them Toys That Help Them Practice Robotics and STEM
A great place to start is with toys from HEXBUG. For example, the Offroad Truck. You can snap it together and build one of 2 designs. You can drive this remote controlled vehicle using the VEX Pilot App. It’s compatible with the VEX Pilot APP and is STEM-based.
Any child can enjoy playing with a HEXBUG Ring Racer, they can practice their controlling skills with a remote, all while having fun. It is a self-stabilizing remote-controlled robot. Moves on dual spinning rings and can spin, tumble, and flip over a full 360 degrees!
Another way to get them excited about bots is by having them build their own. With the VEX Balancing Boxing Bots, you can assemble your own bots and put them in the ring to duel. Using VEX Pilot App, you and a friend can control the robots’ every action. Deliver swift uppercuts and jabs to your opponent! Put their skills to the test as they take on a friend as they wield their very own Boxing Bot.
4. Be Vigilant
Let your kids explore, build, and have free reign. Just remember to always help or supervise or at the very least, be mindful of their projects. Once they advance, they will be working with electricity, motors, and other things that can be dangerous but, don’t stifle the creativity!
5. Get in the Kitchen
Excuse me but, what? How does this have anything to do with science, STEM or robotics? Food science is the best science because, well, you can eat it! They can learn chemistry, practice their math skills, and plant anatomy. Plus, they can discover how much pressure it takes to break an egg, how water boils, or why melted butter always makes for chewy cookies. There’s so much to learn and to get kids to love science in fun and delicious ways.
6. Watch Shows that Encourage Kids
When I think shows, I automatically think of Bill Nye the Science Guy. He’s so educational and makes science fun. Another great show to watch with your children is Myth Busters. They show the science of their experiments and it is so hands-on. It’s a great way to spark that interest in kids even more.
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In order to help you spark the love of science, STEM, and robotics in your child, one lucky Whispered Inspirations reader will enter to WIN a HEXBUG Ring Racer. This contest opens on December 3, 2018 and ends on December 19, 2018. Thank you to the HEXBUG team, make sure you check out their toys.
Kids are born scientists but, if we don’t nurture that love, they grow up. The goal is to get them to become scientists that are kids who didn’t grow up. With that curiosity that makes for amazing things!
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How do you or the child in your life get excited about bots?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.