There is a common misconception that STEM disciplines, especially technology, are not appropriate for children, women, or minorities. Apart from this illogical idea, our children will understand everything else.
Many organizations and educational institutions are now working to engage children, women, and underrepresented groups in learning disruptive technology such as coding, robotics, and artificial intelligence. A nonprofit project like Code.org is an example of such an entity. Another example is Robochamps, an Indian ed-tech startup that provides AI lessons to children in a variety of regional languages.
Different technologies such as AI and robotics are part of the new living world in which children are growing up. As a result, it is important to educate the next generation about these innovations and how they work. Children will gain hands-on experience and exposure to coding and computing if STEM is integrated into the curriculum from a young age.
They will improve their ability to build and think by learning and testing algorithms and codes. The STEM curriculum becomes repetitive when children are required to apply their knowledge and science to the construction of actual robots and AI structures.
Our Gen-Z population is fascinated by technology, and the gamification of learning methods adds to the appeal. Coding can assist them in comprehending the world around them, and teachers will use real-world examples to make the method more engaging. Building robots necessitates extensive brainstorming, which fosters a culture of collaboration among the students.
Although schools and parents are integrating coding and robotics into their children’s education, it is also critical to educate and inform young people about the technologies. They would be able to refine their use of technology if they are given application-level experiments and practical experience.
Many organizations are working hard to provide inclusive and experiential information on technology, so the field of STEM appears to have a promising future. Since coding, artificial intelligence, and robotics are used in almost every industry around the world, investing in software education for children would increase their chances of landing a rewarding job and more opportunities to present their ideas.
Cindy Duncan, a teacher in Sitka, Alaska, says in an ISTE post, “I teach coding and robotics because it is my responsibility as an educator to understand that my students are global innovators, thinkers, and problem solvers.” We should all be proud of our younger generation’s ability to invent, develop, and encourage, revolutionizing our educational systems in the process.