Robotics for Young Children

Robotics for Young Children

Redleaf Press | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 1605545449 | 160 Pages | PDF | 29.47 mb
by Ann Gadzikowski (Author)

Introduce young children to the building and programming of robots through playful, developmentally appropriate activities. Many early childhood professionals are unfamiliar with computer science, robotics, and engineering concepts. This user-friendly and accessible book gives teachers great ideas for engaging young children with 100 exciting hands-on computer science and engineering activities. The book can be easily included in a developmentally appropriate curriculum and offers a balance of adult-facilitated and child-centered activities.

Ann Gadzikowski has more than twenty-five years of experience as a teacher and director of early childhood programs, and is the Early Childhood Coordinator for Northwestern University's Center for Talent Development and oversees the summer Leapfrog Program. Her book Creating a Beautiful Mess: Ten Essential Play Experiences for a Joyous Childhood won gold in the 2015 National Parenting Publications Awards.

"Robotics for Young Children is an invitation and provocation. You'll connect new technologies with what you know about child development, early learning and relationships through play, stories, tangible tech, computational thinking and coding to develop essential 21st century skills in the early years. The 'robot wish' is a call for educators and parents to become enthusiastic co-explorers, knowledgeable tour guides and confident media mentors to young children in the digital age."-Chip Donohue, PhD, director, Technology in Early Childhood (TEC) Center, Erikson Institute

"Robotics for Young Children is thought-provoking and will inspire educators. Short vignettes enrich the activities and demonstrate how to generate opportunities for young children to develop important computational thinking skills as they play and learn with digital technologies."-Dr. Karen J. Murcia, Curtin University Perth Western Australia

"This book takes a solid, sensible, and low-geek approach to robotics for children. Within the educational narrative, the glory of the book is a suite of suggested activities, that benefit from an authenticity and creativity born of years of actual experience. It gives teachers the knowledge and confidence to stay afloat amidst a swarm of digital natives and cranky robots."-Michael Peshkin, robotics professor, Northwestern University

"Any early childhood educator who wants to learn more about how robotics can fit into their classroom should start with this comprehensive resource."-Wendy Brenneman, manager of Early Childhood STEM Initiatives, Carnegie Science Center

"User-friendly and accessible instruction guide. . . Robotics for Young Children can be easily included in a developmentally appropriate curriculum and offers a balance of adult-facilitated and child-centered activities, making it an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to classroom, school district, college, and university library Teacher Education instructional materials collections." -Wisconsin Bookwatch, The Education Shelf, January 201

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