Anything that could move, crawl and communicate catches attention and brings joy to children. Robotics (part of STEM Education) is something catching up and making waves to schools’ classroom. In one of such initiative under STEM Education program by Radio Active CR 90.4 we had Mr. Anto Jerlin, Mr. Nikhilesh and Ms. Gunjan from QtPi Robotics Bengaluru speaking about Robotics and importance to children with RJ Santosh Avvannavar.
Skills like team building, presentations could be enhanced along with technical inputs at the early age.’ According to him QtPi believes a ‘Top-down approach’, where children are allowed to build, re-build by dismantling the building blocks to a desired level of a child. This gives a room for creativity where the final design belongs to the child. QtPi is something aiming to achieve!
Teaching their own children programming and bring interest in STEM has led to QtPi formation. This tells us children innocence can teach elders! We are creating an ecosystem that lets participant ideate, experiments, tests the project (bots) built by participants. Defining the age group or what is the appropriate age was the next hurdle? Convincing oneself and others that a child of 6 years could do began at home. However, several research papers suggest that ‘Thinking skills’ are developed in children before ‘Verbal skills’. Several inhouse experiments lead to show children can pick logical skills (example, programming) can be seen in children as early as 6 years. We developed Top-Bottom approach where participants are exposed to various terms related to Design, Electronics, Software and Integration & Innovation. We call it DESI model. Several other skills like motor skills are enhanced through iterative designs. Some people still have inhibition towards technology in general and hence it has become a challenge to bring awareness. This could be same with any new entrants. We strongly believe Robotics should be made as compulsory like sports because children are capable of learning it. This could eventually lead to make children progressive.