The magic of recycled art and kids robotics
By Jennifer Moore
When I explain the new project… that of opening a kids robotics workshop here in San Miguel de Allende… most people find it a little intriguing, if a little too techie for the community. Yet robotics is not new, just new to San Miguel. It has been a part of summer and after-school programs for almost a decade now. Kids throughout Mexico participate in national and international contests and projects throughout the year, so why not San Miguel? This town is forward thinking, an international, cultural and artistic hub, and in many ways a haven for tech and artistic gurus from all over the world. Hence, the perfect place to start a kids’ robotics program.
The Lab and Kids
Mon, Jun 16-Sat, Aug 2, 10am-2pm
Hernández Macías 72, Suite 3
110-3291, cell:415-103-0229, cell: 415-151-2462
From 800 pesos
Flexible registration, you choose the weeks that work for you
For ages 6-15
The rise of robotics as an enrichment and co-curricular activity began towards the new millennia, and yes, it is a relatively new type of program when compared to the other Big Four (piano, ballet, art, speech and drama). That’s probably why parents aren’t sure about what a kid’s robotics class really entails.
Creativity, complex problem-solving and artistic know-how
This is a program that is just as creative, innovative and artistic as any other artistic endeavor. Kids San Miguel Robotics is a program that opens children’s eyes and minds to a world of creative possibility. It combines art, technology and creativity in one fun activity that promotes teamwork, logical thinking, artistic creativity, scientific innovation and technological understanding.
How do we do it?
We use “Play Time” to teach, with the help of LEGO Mindstorms, Knex, recycled materials, and SnapOn Electronics. Robotics helps kids develop important cognitive, motor and social skills, and LEGO Mindstorms is like an open-ended toy, allowing them to stretch their creative skills.