There are a lot of great products out there for STEM and STEAM initiatives. There are several robotics companies that are on a mission to help teach students about robotics and coding. Many educators believe that by 2020 we will see an initiative to make computer science part of the instructional day in the same way that Math, Language Arts, Social Studies and Science are today. The skills developed through STEM/STEAM, robotics and coding are the skills that students will need for careers by the time they get out of school.
Companies like Roboterra realize that.
Roboterra is a robotics platform that allows students to create and make exciting robots from the ground up. Then, they can program the robots to do what they want using the company’s Castle Rock programming software. Castle Rock teaches kids to code using C++ rather than Scratch or some other block language. Block language is great for younger students and to teach the principals of coding and development, if I do this, then this will happen.
With Roboterra, once kids get the hang of coding, the Castle Rock software turns to challenges testing the students robotics abilities and coding abilities. Roboterra offers a wide range of projects for kids to choose from. They also feature 3D visualization along with a built in curriculum that takes them beyond simply programming a robot to move forwards, backwards and pick things up.
Roboterra and their Castle Rock programming software are recommended for middle school and high school students. The lessons in the Roboterra curriculum are designed to be aligned with common core and state standards and aligned for grade appropriate grade levels. The kits can be purchased directly from Roboterra for just $249 and of course there are discounts for multi-unit purchases for schools.
You can find out more about Roboterra here and check out our 9 year old edtech reporter’s video below.