How to Get Kids Interested in Robotics?

Determining to get your child interested in robots and robotics is a great decision.

We live in such a technologically advanced world, where robots have already largely become part of our reality, and you can only imagine how it will be in the future.

But how to interest your child to become part of that world.

The best way to get a child interested in robotics is through play because children learn best by playing.

But you can still encounter some difficulties because there is the issue of age. If your child is too young, you might confuse him with all those robotics things.

And it is essential to choose the right approach and the right tools.

This article is intended to help you interest your child in robots.

How Important Are Robots in The Future?

What is a robot?

The basic definition would be: A robot is a type of automated machine that can execute specific tasks with little or no human intervention and with speed and precision.

Robots are our present, and they will have a significant impact on our future.

Robots are everywhere, from toy robots and robot waiters to advanced humanoids.

Technology and robots are advancing, the possibilities are endless, and it is clear that robots will be an even more significant part of reality in the future.

Robots will thus have a massive impact on future jobs and replace many jobs.

A 2020 World Economic Forum report predicted that robotics and automation would displace 85 million jobs globally in the coming five years.

This sounds like bad news, but it's exciting and innovative.

Yes, some assignments in the future will be entirely done by robots and not humans, but there will be a need for some new jobs.

Technologies would create 97 million new jobs, generally, ones requiring more skills and education.

Hey, somebody has to build and control all those robots, and that could be your child.

We don't want some SFI-Fi utopian robot revolution, which many movies warned us about.

How to Get Kids Started in Robotics?

As complex and complicated as the concept of robots and robotics may seem, children can be introduced to that world very early.

Of course, you shouldn't push robotics too much on children because there will be a counter-effect.

You know how children are; they don't like anything imposed on them too much.

It is best to engage a child in robotics slowly and naturally, considering his age.

How early is too early? According to a report by Tufts University, children as young as 4 years old can build and program simple robotics projects.

It is best to follow these steps in introducing your child to robotics:

1. Give Your Child a Robot Toy

This seems too simple, but it can be effective.

The simplest toy robot performing basic commands can intrigue your child's imagination.

Later, it will be easier for him to understand more complex robots.

Speaking of toys, we must not forget about Lego and Meccano.

All the great engineers played with Legos.

Lego is often the first project where children learn creativity, patience, and concentration.

2. Use Pop Culture to Your Advantage

Cartoons and animated films with robots? Excellent choice.

We know you want to play your kid Transformers just because you want to watch the robot cartoon you grew up with but wait a minute.

You can try Transformers, but playing something closer to your child's growing-up age is better.

Big Hero 6, Next Gen, Wall-E, and The Iron Giant are great suggestions.

Your child will surely enjoy these animated robot adventures.

3. Visit The Robotics Museum

It doesn't necessarily have to be strictly a museum dedicated to robots.

Any museum dedicated to technology and innovation can be a great choice.

We know you think it might be boring for your child, but you'd be wrong.

Children are curious, and even though all this technology can be complex, it doesn't mean they won't be interested.

Give the child the opportunity to see that world and give the best possible answer to all the questions he asks you.

Considering how curious children are, we know there will be a lot of questions, but patiently answer them all.

4. Join Your Child in a Robotics or Tech Club

These can be special clubs, after-school programs, or whole communities.

It doesn't have to be robotics; any technology club is fine.

You can check your local STEM classes for kids.

Kids love to learn new things in the company of other children.

And your child, when he sees other children enjoying all that technology and how they are full of enthusiasm, will want to be a part of that story.

5. Install Useful Applications

You often hear the story that children should spend less time in front of the screen, which is true.

However, even the time your child spends in front of the phone or computer can be useful for educational purposes.

Install apps that encourage your child's interest in robotics and programming.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Swift Playgrounds
  • Hopster Coding Safari for Kids
  • Mimo: Learn to Code & Program
  • Tinkerblocks
  • Hopscotch-Programming for kids

Also, some video games can be an excellent stepping stone in interesting your kid in robotics and programming.

Great examples are Human Resource Machine and Codemancer.

6. Set a Good Example For Your Child

The point is not to throw toys at a child and expect him to learn everything independently.

You also have to play with him and encourage him to learn.

For all technology-related questions, your child asks you, always try to give the best answers and explanations.

Don't be afraid of technology because how do you expect your child to be interested in it if you are not.

Stay up to date with new gadgets and gizmos.

7. Involve Your Child in a Home-based Project

Give your child the opportunity to be involved in simple projects around the house, such as small repairs.

Even changing a light bulb is a good start.

Let your kid watch you work first, and then let him start fixing something under your supervision.

A child's brain develops rapidly, and you will be surprised how quickly a child learns new things.

How to Get My Kid Involved in Building Robots?

The best way to get your child interested in robotics and coding is with DIY projects.

We have the perfect thing for you: DIY STEM kits for kids.

All our products encourage STEM knowledge.

The concept is as follows: your child receives the product in parts that he assembles himself, following our detailed instructions.

Various skills are learned in the assembly process.

A new project arrives at your address every three months, waiting to be assembled.

Our products encourage imagination and creativity and introduce children to technology, robotics, coding, and programming.

Since you want your child to know robotics specifically, we have the right thing for you.

Wacky Robots is our STEM kit box for kids ages 9+.

Bob, Capacitron, Mr. Bee, Marv, Resistron & other members of the Wacky Robots Universe will help your child enter the world of electronics while having fun.

And that is the most important thing for children, to learn while playing and having fun.

All our Wacky Robots are beginner friendly and welcoming to kids with curious minds. 

Let's go through everything you get every three months in our Wacky Robots STEM kit once again:

  • A new interesting DIY robot waiting for you to assemble, with unique features, and each robot is focused on learning different things.
  • Easy to follow instructions.
  • Collective cards and stickers: Each robot has its own collective card that you can play with. Collect them all!

If your child is older, we also have a STEM Box, which is intended for ages 11+. 

Do you want a specific bundle? 

If your kid likes video games or music, surprise him specific bundle that he will love.

Check out our entire offer in our gift shop here.

What Are The Benefits of Children Playing With Robots?

Your child is learning STEM-related subjects through playing with robots.

And we all know how important STEM education is in a child's development.

Science, technology, engineering, and math, but also devolving critical thinking and passion for innovation.

However, through playing with robots, children also learn some other skills that they can apply in life.

Playing with robots encourages creativity, curiosity, patience, problem-solving skills, and teamwork.

Whatever your child's future career, he needs all these skills, just like in life in general.

In Conclusion

We have already emphasized enough times in this text that robots are the future.

We also said that we should not be afraid of that future because the world is ready for new creative generations using robots correctly and making the world a better place.

It will be our pleasure if our product is the one that sparks your child's love for robots because we know that such children will one day change the world.