Students and teachers are using a new tool to support the development of critical and creative thinking – programmable robots. In the corridors and classrooms of GEMS Dubai American Academy, GEMS Modern Academy, GEMS Kindergarten Starters and others, children can be seen building and programming robots to solve problems and to express ideas.
For many teachers, their journey with robotics began this summer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. Teachers from KG1 through the secondary school from across GEMS Education met at Carnegie Mellon University for the second annual GEMS/CMU Interdisciplinary Robotics and Computational Thinking Conference.
The conference was aimed to train classroom teachers in how they can integrate robotics, and computational thinking across their daily classroom curriculum ensuring that students gain critical skills and dispositions from an early age.