Published on 24 Aug 2018. Written by Vasanth Vidyakar
Robots are simply awesome. Who wouldn’t agree to this fact? Everyone is crazy about the fact that robots make complex tasks look simpler.
From the robot that is used in manufacturing line to carry out tedious tasks to the robot that roams around Mars collecting tons of data, all robots are fascinating. Even robots make excellent movie characters which most of the kids admire and love.
Raise your hand, if your kid fell in love with the robot character that they saw in a movie (my vote is for Bay max from Big Hero 6) and nudged you so much to help build their very own robot. Unfortunately, we (you and I born too early in this world) didn’t have the same opportunity as our kids to learn robotics in our school. I would have probably been a NASA scientist today if I did that. (OK. That might be an over stretch but you understand what I mean – it would have surely motivated me to be much more ambitious in technology!) Our founders still went to IITs but I am sure they went because of peer pressure and not because of motivation. (I hope they wont read this :D)
What really excites me about my job is that I can now give this opportunity we missed to the kids of today. With a little bit of support and push from us, the kids of today can do wonders. And at Skyfi Labs, we are all super excited that we got the opportunity to do this.
While it is obvious that building Robots helps kids in developing creativity, curiosity and logical thinking, you should be very careful while selecting the right kind of robotics project for them. Most important - The robotics project that your kids build should have enough complexity to provide good learning experience as well as easy enough to build so that they don’t lose their confidence.
Also the kids should feel like “they” designed and built the robots themselves. So spending a lot of money on imported kits that are like plug & play will only serve to be a costly toy and not a learning device.
So, here are some do’s and dont’s while selecting the robotics project for your kid:
For instance, we at Skyfi Labs kept these facts in mind and developed awesome robotics project-based courses that make building robots easy for your kid right at home. Since the kits are sent your doorstep, you can have fun time building with your kid at your own pace & time.
The robotics course is equipped with Learn-Do-Review modules which make sure that your kid learn the concepts while building their robot. Also the course is devised with simple drag & drop programming which is simple and super fun to do with your kid. With the technical support provided as and when needed, these courses ensure that your kid will build the robots with confidence.
This is one of the simple robotics project which your kid can build and get started with in robotics. The robot that your kid build can detect the black line and follow it without deviating with the help of digital IR sensors. Your kid will program the Arduino with simple drag & drop scratch based programming and make the robot work. And your kid can also modify the program later to carryout various robotic operations.
With this robotics project based course, your kid will learn to build his/her very own robot that can be controlled using your mobile phone. The robot uses DTMF technology to communicate with the user and actuate accordingly. Your kid will program the Arduino with simple drag & drop scratch programming and make the robot work.
With this robotics project based course, your kid will learn to build his/her very own robot that can be controlled using hand gestures. It follows the same principle as the video game that your kid plays in your mobile phone. The robot uses accelerometer sensor to communicate with the robot and actuate the robot accordingly. Your kid will program the Robot with simple drag & drop scratch programming and make the robot work.
With this robotics project based course, your kid will learn to build his/her very own robot that can detect the edges of a table and prevent the robot from falling off. The robot uses digital IR sensors to detect the edges, sends the data to the microcontroller and actuate the robot accordingly. Your kid will program the robot with simple drag & drop scratch programming and make the robot work.
With this robotics project based course, your kid will learn to build his/her very own robot that can detect the fire from a remote location and move in that direction to blow it off. The robot uses digital IR sensors to detect the fire, move in that direction with the help of DC motors and use a miniature DC fan to blow it off. Your kid will program the roobot with simple drag & drop scratch programming and make the robot work.
To ease this, we have developed a combo project based course on robotics with which your kid can build robots from beginner to advanced level right from your home.
All the above said projects will be covered as part of this course and provide an end-to-end learning experience for your kid on robotics.
Hope you got some good insights about the robotics projects that you can gift to the young ones you love.
Do comment below with the robotics project details which you think is best for your kids.
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