.A Robot Revolution is coming . . . is your child prepared? Parents and educators agree that more S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) should be taught to our children in order to prepare them for a very different world ahead.
But do you know why? Because it develops Computational Thinking skills, a key cognitive ability in our technological world. Computational Thinking is a way of designing systems, solving problems, troubleshooting issues and predicting results that draw on concepts fundamental to computer science. This kind of attitude and skill set is indispensable for everyone in today's technical world and will be a key to our children's future success.
Rad Robots classes are specially designed to develop Computational Thinking skills in both BOYS AND GIRLS while engaging them with fun robotic challenges and programming concepts.
Students learn robotics through themed competitions and fun activities which is natural motivation for them to think, refine their process and succeed! After all, if you want a robot to perform in a certain way (complete a maze, win a battle, or score a point), precision is a must. Coding must be precise, design elements must be precise and the feedback the robot receives from its sensors and environment must be precise. Getting it right takes multiple trials and refinements.
Our innovative curriculum teaches Robotics, Tangible Coding and Graphical Programming in a Computational Thinking framework using hands-on time with various types of robots.
The program is spiraled so a Kindergartener can start the program and learn new concepts and use different robots each year through fifth grade. The program is not sequential, however, so any student can join at the beginning of any session at any grade level with no prior experience.
We partner with teachers, parent organizations, schools and other groups who want to bring robotics programs to their students.
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Deb Vloedman, M.Ed., is a teacher and specialist in Robotics education, thinking skills and curriculum development. She has been an elementary school classroom teacher, gifted support teacher, curriculum supervisor, science textbook writer for Silver, Burdett, and Ginn, and educational consultant for Creative Publications. Over 30 years of her career has been spent inspiring students with fun and engaging lessons.
In 2012 she was asked to develop an extracurricular robotics club for Ithan Elementary School in Radnor Township, PA. This program became wildly popular with parents and students. Deb developed a unique way to teach Robotics and coding to children. She wrote comprehensive curriculum with accompanying storybooks, learning mats, and other materials that are fun and educational. She launched Rad Robots as a way to bring Robotics, Computational Thinking skills and enriching after school classes to more children in the Philadelphia area and beyond.