Digital Learning Across the Curriculum Robotics Students with diverse needs

Introducing robots to students with special needs

Mary Glowrey Level 2 2.49 July 27, 2018 10:45 am - 12:15 pm

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Avan Zarb

Have you tried to introduce robots and coding into your school and don’t know where to start? Do you have students with special needs and are wondering how to develop an inclusive coding and robotics? The aim of this workshop is to assist teachers to introduce robotics and coding into their school with a particular emphasis on including students of all abilities.

Students at Nelson Park School are supported through a scaffolded process to use a variety of tools and robots to help them solve concerns such designing more effective traffic flows to how to organise themselves in the morning. A step by step robotics course has been introduced into the school. After being shown how to solve basic problems and how to build and control the robots students are given a set of instructions or problems that they need to solve. They are encouraged to work in teams of two to develop a code to solve the problem and then program the robot to complete the task.

The workshop will showcase how robotics has been introduced into our school. Participants will have the opportunity to see how a robotics and coding program can be designed to engage students with special needs such as autism and intellectual disabilities. The learning program has been planned as a scaffolded learning environment which challenges students to be critical thinkers in a collaborative teams.