Robotic Mindset Laboratory  

  |   NY  

 
 
Practical

Hands-on learning is not only fun, but also helps kids have a more practical understanding of how things work. While building and exploring mechanical structures, they tend to see and feel the affect of external factors on their structures. This physical interaction with force and energy helps them more attune to the laws of physics.

When learning to build using a set of parts, they are introduced to a standard methodology of building for those parts, not by reading from a book, but by doing it themselves. They come to understand the properties of each part and why they need to be used in a certain way.

 
 
Creative

With enough practice, and good understanding of the building methods, the kids can use their creativity to build. Creativity is in everyone of us, young and old, and robotics / mechanical structures are just a medium to express them. Like any other medium, kids first need to learn the basics and methods feasible for this medium.

Inspiring them by asking them to modify and existing build to do a different task will get them started. We also look at real-world problems and explore how those can be solved either by modifying their existing build, or designing and building a new one.

 
 
Technological

The new generation is getting tech savvy at a very young age, mostly due to the advent of the tablet devices. How many of us have been amazed by our pre-schoolers talking about "Googling-it"?. Yes, it is a brand new world out there. And the robotics technology is advancing in a similar pace. Micro and Nano robots are not science fiction anymore

Informing kids about the current technological advancements, by making them explore various scenarios is part of the lab experience. It is discussed natively during a relevant point like when pointing out a structural aspect, we also ask them to explore how would it be impacted if the model was huge, or too small

Keeping kids informed of technological break-throughs that relate to robotics is another way to allow them to think ahead and be ready for the changes.

 
 
Competetive

Competition is another way to get kids involved, we encourage friendly competitions between the kids, and also with other teams. We will provide information about the competitive robotics and encourage them to compete. To be able to compete, the kids would have to master their building / designing skills in the platform required by the competition.

Like LEGO® Mindstorms, VEX is another platform where kids develop robotic skills and compete with other teams. Since VEX requires more dexterity, we are not introducing it to younger kids.

Our kids have competed in FIRST LEGO League twice so far and are looking forward to the current year's challenge. Apart from FLL our kids have also participated in the LEGO Robotics Competition conducted by Adelphi University's Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) this year.

 
 
Innovative

We like to think of our efforts as a stepping stone for kids to be innovators. We discuss how teenagers have started to take charge, and create innovative solutions to various issues that are already there, and that arise because of the fast changing pace of today's connected world. We try to instill that anyone can innovate, as long as they try.

Kids are encouraged to learn more about current young innovators, who are being funded by big tech firms. We cite specific examples that relate to LEGO® robotics, like "Shubham Banerjee" who created a LEGO® Mindstorms based braille printer as a prototype for cheap and portable braille printers.