STEM

Robotics vs Engineering & Design

If you had to choose between offering a robotics elective and an engineering/design elective for middle scool, which would you choose?  Why? Many thanks for your feedback.

Mary Poarch
Mary Poarch
140 Activity Points

I would choose an engineering design course for an elective as I could see it benefit students that are good with making practical application in constructing machines, buildings, bridges, etc. This allows for math to merge with science and students can see how these subjects work together to make something work.

Justine Sandoval
Justine Sandoval
570 Activity Points

Both electives have value for teaching middle school students about STEM concepts. Justine has a good point stating that engineering does a good job of encompassing many subjects, but I personally believe robotics would be much more approachable for students. Being able to directly influence the actions of the robot can vitalize the students and give them a driving force to learn even more.

Lauren Smith
Lauren Smith
420 Activity Points

Hello, I would name the class with the title that would be most appealing to your students. Regardless of the name of the course, you can incorporate both aspects (robotics and engineering design) into the elective. There are many online resources to help with these types of classes/activities as well (e.g. LinkEngineering.org).

Andrea Burrows
Andrea Burrows
485 Activity Points

I would offer an engineering elective. Many students don't fully understand the meaning of engineering and how simple of a subject it is and how many fun and engaging activities are involved with engineering. I have found students love the challenge of making the strongest bridge, highest tower or toughest building. I recently was introduced to the 3-D drawing pen. Check it out on Amazon. Students can make 3-D objects, which is really challenging. 

Maxine Dibert
Maxine Dibert
1345 Activity Points

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