Program Description New technology for young children brings robotics to our doorstep. Robotics is a powerful, hands-on, developmentally appropriate tool that allows children to explore, imagine, create, test, and evaluate. This tool can help teach our children 21st century skills including collaboration, communication, and problem-solving. As a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiative, robotics, programming, and problem solving must be at the forefront of today’s learning opportunities for success in tomorrow’s jobs.Exploratory Outcomes for Children: • Use an Engineering Design Cycle to solve problems. • Program developmentally-appropriate robots. • Use a Design Journal to track ideas and progress. • Work effectively in teams.
Dr. Carlson is teaching a small group lesson with 4-year olds
focusing on robotics and programming concepts using KIBO.
PreK STEM: Robotics, Programming, and Problem
Solving- An Early Learning STEM Initiative
• Build background knowledge.
• Opens the door to technological thinking and working for teachers and children.
• Helps explore how robotics learning experiences can help children:
° Make abstract ideas concrete.
° Learn programming skills which correlate with the Florida Standards and Math Practices.
° Improve visual memory, basic number sense, and language skills.
° Strengthen learning skills such as working memory, mental flexibility, and self-control.
For more information contact:
Heather Monroe-Ossi, Ed.D.
Associate Director for Program
Development and Administration