At the Western International School of Shanghai (WISS), we believe in educating students for the jobs of tomorrow and focus on educating for the future. There are few programs that exemplify that belief as well as Tiger Robotics. an optional after-school activity for WISS Primary School students. There are currently 16 students involved, ranging from grade 2-5.
Tiger Robotics teaches our young students the basics of coding, building and programming. “Problem solving and collaboration are the two biggest skills they are taking away from this robotics club. This is technology. We are preparing kids for jobs of the future,” said Nadya Faqir. Faqir is a 3rd grade homeroom teacher and also leads the Tiger Robotics. Her background in Electrical/Mechanical Engineering has enabled her to create an engaging and challenging robotics curriculum.
The students are engaged in projects throughout the year that are based on challenges they need to solve. They combine building and coding skills and apply them to solve these challenges. Tiger Robotics aligns with WISS’s teaching methods and allows students to develop their thinking, teamwork and collaboration skills. Students are also encouraged to explore their confidence when building, coding and collaborating with others which supports the development of many IB learner traits. Students in Tiger Robotics are challenged to use what they know to solve problems, use their creative thinking skills to make decisions about the most appropriate solutions, and to evaluate and respect their peers’ ideas or points of view becoming more knowledgeable, reflective and open-minded thinkers.
The combination of IB learner traits and use of advanced technology is a great way to prepare our students for jobs of the future. Even Grade 2 students, like Annie, are passionate about their work in Tiger Robotics. “I love robotics because I can make the robots move and talk by myself,” said Annie when asked about what she enjoys most from Tiger Robotics.