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What is it?

A robot is a mechanical device that can be programmed to follow a set of instructions. Robots have processing units, sensors to help them perceive things in the surrounding environment, and motors and actuators so that they can move. Robots may also have the added programmable functionality of lights, sounds or speech recognition.

Educational robotics is a broad term that refers to a collection of activities, programs, physical platforms and educational resources. In addition, behind the physical elements lies a pedagogical philosophy that matches the new Digital Technologies curriculum.

The benefits of teaching robotics in schools include:

  • students find it engaging and enjoyable
  • students learn 21st-century skills, which are useful for future employment
  • robotics is suitable for students with a range of abilities
  • robotics develops students' critical and computational thinking skills
  • it is an effective way to introduce programming to students.

Real-world examples


For the classroom