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The Surprising Skills My Students Learned by Designing Mazes for Robots

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When you teach a robotics lesson, you expect students to learn about math, science, and coding. There are fractions to calculate, decimals to divide, and angles to measure. This STEM skill development is often disguised by the fun factor associated with a slick, see-through, sphere-shaped robot, like the Sphero. 

But STEM skills aren’t the only lessons students learn from robotics. Each time students set out on a robotics challenge, they are also building critical SEL skills like persistence, collaboration, critical thinking, creative innovation, and teamwork. The list goes on.  

As teachers, we’re tasked with molding the next generation of leaders, engineers, doctors, and scientists. And yeah, that’s an important job. But you know what’s also important? Teaching kids how to be good collaborators, thinkers, problem-solvers, and citizens.