Curious, Competitive, Diligent, Geeks
by Josephine Pinky Legaspi, DSTC
He raised his hand quickly and screamed, “Baymax!”. Beaming with delight, this small kid of
approximately 10 years old was excited about any thought of robot.
Absolutely nothing beats the enthusiasm of 3rd and 4th graders as they pay attention to anything you put
up in the air, their cheeks light up with wonder as they listen to stories about new inventions, and their
eagerness to follow directions quickly without complain.
However, the situation is rather different when working with older groups of learners or even adult
groups. Each participant attending a robotics class has a distinct goal and varying reactions to the items
you exhibit to them. You just need to be aware of the kind of individuals you will be dealing with in
advance so that you may provide the necessary incentive to make the activity more productive.
From my experience, I often categorize participants based on the reason for their enlistment in the
activity, regardless of their age group bracket. There is nothing formal about this classification and each
category is not mutually exclusive. It’ is only a mental note to help me come up with ideas as how to offer
an incentive or prescribe the next set of processes to pursue in the future.
A. The Curious
The Curious – these participants are interested in a wide range of topics but are especially interested in
things they see on television or in movies and want to know how things work. Their interests might vary
from reverse engineering new toys to learning how animals live in tough environments to discovering
why some foods taste strange to learning about military weaponry. And they are often drawn to robotics
because they have seen advanced robots or humanoids in movies and are intrigued as to how they
function in real life.
Strengths : Enthusiasm, Attentiveness, Inquisitiveness
Weaknesses: Impatience, impulsiveness
Recommendation After giving them an initial dose of basic robot mechanics and controls, you must be on
the lookout for their next moves, as they are frequently the ones who accidentally burn microcontrollers
or short circuit the terminals because of unsupervised experimentation, which can result in catastrophic
consequences. With the proper guidance, these learners can create excellent robots that perform above
the norm, such as the fastest line tracing robot or the strongest heavy-duty sumobots, among other
B. The Competitive
The Competitive – these learners are interested in keeping track of their progress and are aware of what
is going on in their environment. Relentless and dauntless, they do not give up easily until they have
reached the goals they set for themselves. They are frequently attracted to robotics because they are
confident in their ability to cope with the technicalities of the subject and overcome the obstacles they
Strengths: Determination, Will Power, Mindfulness of the surroundings
Weaknesses: Aggressiveness, indifference
Recommendation: Allow these kids to assess the work of others and ask them to choose and discuss the
most noteworthy aspect or element from each of the projects they have seen. They will be able to
acknowledge that different individuals are best in their own ways and appreciate the importance of losing
graciously as a result of these experiences. If the possibility presents itself, assign these pupils the
responsibility of coaching groups of students in order to develop effective leadership skills. It is beneficial
to involve them in Robotics Innovation projects in order to broaden their horizons and channel their
energy in the proper direction.
C. The Diligent
The Diligent — these learners participate in robotics for reasons that are not necessarily of their choosing.
Often, these participants are obliged to learn robotics as a part of a prerequisite or as a necessary step in
order to advance their technical abilities. Their habits as conscientious participants make them a great
member of the team since they are capable of being both hardworking and persistent in their efforts.
They perform well when they can share ideas that are more practical in nature, which is typically the case
when their interest and motivation are in domains other than robotics and automation.
Strengths: Hardworking, Persistence, Practicality
Weaknesses: Easily distracted, lacks interest
Recommendation To nourish and sustain their interest in robotics, provide these participants more
practical examples and applications of robotics in real life. They perform better when they are involved in
hardware assembly, robot environment construction, and other tasks that produce concrete, tangible, and
visually quantifiable outputs.
D. The Geeks
The Geeks – these are the participants who are passionate about robots. They do their homework ahead
of time and frequently arrive in class with a lot of questions. They often monopolize the attention of the
instructors due to their intense interest in robotics. They participate in class discussions with their
questions, comments, and recommendations, but they must be careful not to alienate other students.
Strengths: Passion, Analytical, Precision
Weaknesses: Overly focused on the topic and propensity to be inflexible
Recommendation: I recommend providing these participants with additional challenges so that they may
channel their mental abilities and study more areas of application in greater depth. Their programming
and strategic talents serve them well in robot games that are similar to Mission Challenge, in which they
must employ their programming and strategic abilities within a restricted period of time. Provide chances
for these students to participate in group projects in order for them to build collaboration skills and a
positive attitude about working in a group.
DSTC Robotics at Home
DSTC features another Robotics Hero at Home in the person of Meljon Viste. He is a high school student in Abra High School, Philippines. Despite the scarcity of resources in the province of Abra, Meljon managed to win in many local national and international competitions. For all the good things he is blessed with, he helps many students in his home town start on their robotics journey.
He is also scheduled to represent the country in the NASA-HASSE (Houston Association for Space and Science Education) Space Camp in Texas, USA. He hopes to accomplish his dream of becoming an astronaut or NASA scientist in the future.
Let’s follow Meljon Viste as he aims to land on the moon. Good luck Meljon Viste!Do you have a recommendation as to who we can feature on the next episodes of DSTC Robotis Heroes at Home? Please watch and comment on the video. Don’t forget to subscribe!Thank you!
DSTC Robotics At Home
DSTC Robotics At Home is the online version of the annual Youth Robotics Convention that Data Science and Technology Corporation organizes. Instead of inviting them to the stage, the youth robotics champions ~ Robotics Heroes ~ are invited to share their stories and robotics tips online through this YouTube segment.
There is also a bonus clip for all viewers, a VIRTUAL TOUR of these champions’ robotics or study area at home. If you are looking for ways on how to build and program robots or create an inspiring robotics laboratory right within your home, this is the video for you.
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ROBOTICS INTEGRATION FOR SCHOOLS
Teaching kids how to build and program robots is not an easy task, but surely an enjoyable one. Many students perceive these activities to be daunting and complex, especially those who struggle in science, math, or coding. Their struggles are real, but these struggles do not need to be an obstacle towards success.