In an era where technology dictates the rhythm of our lives, Hangzhou International School (HIS) is paving the way forward for futuristic education, exemplifying this through our comprehensive VEX Robotics program. Spanning from Kindergarten to Grade 10, this program is an embodiment of its commitment to nurturing the innovators and problem-solvers of tomorrow.
Incorporating VEX Robotics into the HIS school curriculum is more than teaching technology; it’s about preparing students for a future where digital literacy is paramount. The continuity in using VEX systems ensures that students are not just learning; they are evolving with the technology. Familiarity with both hardware and software components of the VEX system enhances their adaptability and readiness for higher technological challenges.
Kindergarten to Grade 2: The Foundation with Vex123
The journey begins in the colorful, imaginative world of our youngest learners. Using Vex123, these budding minds engage in basic coding and robotics, learning through play. This stage is crucial as it lays the groundwork for computational thinking and problem-solving skills, fostering a love for technology from an early age.
Grade 3-4: Building Skills and Competitive Spirit with Vex Go
As students advance to Grades 3 and 4, the Vex Go kits provide a more structured approach to robotics. Here, students start actualizing concepts, building simple machines and robots, an early introduction to mechanical engineering and software management. It’s a significant leap that nurtures critical thinking and creativity. Vex Go also serves as the first opportunity for our students to try their hand at competitive robotics. Students can build robots and compete with their peers in internal competitions and hopefully with other schools in the future.
Grades 5-8: Complex Learning with Vex IQ
The Vex IQ kits for Grades 5 to 8 mark a pivotal point in the HIS robotics program. Here, students delve into more complex robotics, integrating sensors and advanced coding. This phase not only enhances their technical skills but also cultivates teamwork, as they collaborate on intricate projects, a precursor to real-world engineering challenges.
Grade 9-12: Mastery with Vex V5
In Grades 9 to 12 the Vex V5 kits take center stage. This system offers students the opportunity to engage with near-professional-level robotics. This advanced phase equips students with profound knowledge in robotics, coding, and AI, preparing them for future academic and career pursuits in STEM fields.
Beyond Robotics: Competitions and Workshops
Starting from Grade 3, students at Hangzhou International School can participate in robotics competitions, fostering a spirit of healthy competition and collaboration. This offers a platform for students to showcase their skills and learn from each other. Additionally, we invite other regional schools for on-site robotics workshops, promoting a broader community of tech enthusiasts.
A Future-Ready Generation
By the time our students complete Grade 12, they are not just proficient in robotics; they are equipped with a mindset to innovate, adapt, and excel in any technological endeavor they undertake. The Hangzhou International School robotics continuum is more than an educational program; it’s a journey of continuous growth, creativity, and empowerment, shaping the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.
This article was written by Emlyn Majoos, the Lower School Design Technology Teacher at Hangzhou International School