Last week, the third and sixth grades began their robotics unit using Vex IQ robotics kits. They are still in the initial building stage. They thought this would go a lot more quickly than it is. More than one team has had to take apart and rebuild their entire robot due to mistakes. It is a trying process, for sure, but they are hanging in there, learning how to be patient and appropriately express frustration.
When children build things with their hands, they improve fine-motor skills, develop better spatial awareness, and engage in critical thinking.