Robotics is the perfect medium for students to express their creativity, to implement their thoughts in the practical world and to develop an interest in learning more about the world. Through our robotics program in English, which starts in preprimary, we seek to develop in our students teamwork, problem solving and critical thinking skills in a stimulating learning environment.
Preschool children begin their first robotics experiences with the help of Bee-Bots, which are robots designed especially for young children to use. The small, colorful robots are easy to operate and are the perfect tool to teach sequencing, estimation, problem solving and to simply have fun!
Primary students experiment robotics with the help of tools such as Bee-Botts and K’nex, VexiQ, RobotC, as well as the Virtual Worlds software.
In secondary, our students carry out more advanced robotics activities with the help of VEX and RobotC.
The Information and Communication Technology program is based on developing skills for the twenty first century, where students can use ICT tools to aid the development of creativity, critical thinking, problem solving, communication and teamwork.
Likewise, with the implementation of a robotics program in preprimary, the development of these skills is complemented and knowledge is strengthened in specific areas, like science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), taking into account the student’s age and social environment.
Additionally, during the ICT program development, the curricular content of each grade is reinforced.
The goal of Colegio Columbia’s Information and Communication Technology program for primary students is to apply information systems, hardware and software according to their development stage, practicing personal safety awareness when handling the Internet.
Through robotics, we want the students to express their creativity, to implement their thoughts in the practical world and to create solutions linking science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This way, we reinforce the curricular content that is reviewed in class for each grade.
During the school year, the students solve problems and upload the results online using the JASPERACTIVE platform to prepare for the Certification exam, using Office 2013.
It is worth mentioning that we are the only institution in the area that has the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in English with curricular value and students are certified in different software according to their grade level:
7th – Microsoft PowerPoint
8th – Microsoft Word
9th – Microsoft Excel