Our youngest learners are amazing at robotics! They are curious, patient and resilient when it comes to making robots do what they want. However, limiting screen time for our preschoolers and Cycle 1 students is necessary. I have been doing sessions with students in preschool and Cycle one Elementary over the past few months to show the many robots that don’t need screens to work. Rather than using a screen to program robots, there are many types of robots that simple use buttons, colour sequencing or tile placement to get them doing what the students want. What I have realized is that it’s easy for students to get started and their engagement is through the roof after a few minutes.
Color Recognition Robots
Many robots on the market that are available to schools via the Plan D’Action Numerique recognize sequence of colours.
Tile and button based robots are mainly directional, making them great for storytelling or for free play. Students push sequence of buttons or lay out tiles that are always image based and have the robots move around the room.
If you’re interested in knowing more or would like to test some of these robots in your class please feel free to reach out. Take the first step by filling out the Professional Development Request form Go to form
If you want a chance to play with these robots with support close by, register for our upcoming Open Creative Space Day on February 22, 2024, which is themed “Unplugged & Basics of Robotics”. Register here