Optimist Club helps teachers learn with robots

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Optimist Club helps teachers learn with robots
Eamers Corners teachers Rachel Murphy and Adele Hickman with one of the robots used by Logics Academy to teach kids coding and STEM (Nick Seebruch/ TC Media).

CORNWALL, Ontario – The Optimist Club of Cornwall invited Logics Academy to help teach local educators about coding, and using robots in their classrooms on Wednesday, April 17, 2019.

Based in Markham, ON, Logics Academy had brought several kits of Dash robots, which are small toy robots with wheels that can be controlled from a smart device.

Michael Washburn of Logics Academy explained how these robots can be educational tools in the classroom.

“Using robots in the classroom is fun and engaging,” he said. “We talk about ways to integrate topics with the robots like mathmatics, science and art.”

Washburn said that the robots can be used to teach students to learn to code, by teaching them the fundamentals of coding, and to code to learn, by teaching them how code can be used in other areas as mentioned above.

About 18 teachers participated in the training on Wednesday from nine different schools, including Adele Hickman from Eamers Corners.

“They’re a great and innovative way to teach kids how to code,” said Hickman of the robots. “I already use some in the classroom.”

Terry Muir of the Optimist Club said he believed that coding was an important skill to pass onto kids.

“We were introduced to this program about a year ago and we just feel our local kids should have as much advantages as kids anywhere else,” he said.

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