The other day I had the pleasure and dismay of visiting a middle school in my neighborhood. They are planning to start an after-school LEGO NXT robotics program and I was there to give them information on how to go about it and what they could do with a LEGO NXT robotics curriculum. A conversation with one student revealed that he was afraid other students would think playing with LEGO robotics was childish; and asking his parents for a LEGO Mindstorms NXT kit would be out of the question because they think it too expensive for a toy and that they should be more concerned about saving for college - however, his family does own video game systems. I’ve heard that scenario many times before; as well as the woes of schools trying to get money to fund robotics programs.
Well, I explained to him that although NXT robotics is fun as in playing with a toy, it is also a very creative educational tool that one day may lead him to a scholarship for college as well as prepare him to be that engineer or any other technological (or non-technical) careers.
I wish at the time I had the following video to show the students and the teachers where playing with LEGO Mindstorms NXT robotics kits can lead to an amazing, innovative world in their future and that it is not just OK, but GREAT to think and create!
Video: Amazing Robotics Presentation From RoMeLa
- The LeGo-bot Lady