The world of robotics has always been a topic students love to explore during their Primary Year's Programme (PYP) unit on programming. This year, Lausanne's third and fourth-graders will have the opportunity to continue pursuing their tech interests beyond the classroom with the launch of the Lower School Robotics Team.
"We are super excited about starting the Lower School Robotics Team this school year," said Lausanne's Director of Academic Technology and Innovation Amy Brownlee. "Students always love and want to keep working with LEGO robotics when their programming unit is over and this team will give students in third and fourth grade an opportunity to do so in an after-school environment."
With the start of the new robotics team, students will also have the privilege of working with the Spike Essentials robotics kits, LEGO's newly released technology.
The Spike Essentials kit is an extension of the Lego Learning System and was designed to spark an interest in STEAM by encouraging students to become resilient and independent thinkers through meaningful play. The Lego set's motivational and STEAM-driven purpose resembles the learning process at Lausanne, making it a complimentary resource for Lower School students in the classroom and the robotics program.
"Teaching students about computer science helps build resilience at an early age," said Brownlee. "This trait embodies all of the IB Learner Profile attributes we hope to instill in our students at Lausanne. We want our students to be creators, and combining technology with LEGO is a perfect fit!"