Can your kid build a robot? Should you care?

Can your kid build a robot? Should you care? In Estonia, we found out why that’s an important skill to learn. New Brunswick is strengthening technology education in its curriculum with the introduction of pilot programs on computer coding. At a pioneer school on technological education in Estonia, we learned how much improvements still need to be made back home. Grade Two students at Pelgulinna School are learning basic Internet literacy skills: staying safe in social media spheres, send e-mail and finding games on line. They are also learning the fundamentals of robotics – building basic machines that travel on wheels and writing the computer programs to make them move about on a floor space or table. Boys and girls are learning side by side, helping to break down gender stereotypes about technological interests and abilities.

Interview participants:

New Brunswick delegation representatives: David Alston and René Boudreau
Ms. Birgy Lorenz, Teacher, Pelgulinna High School

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