Teachers from GEMS Dubai American Academy, GEMS Modern Academy, and GEMS Kindergarten Starters, have begun to use programmable robots to help stimulate critical and creative thinking amongst students.
This follows on from the completion of a robotic training program during the second annual GEMS and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Interdisciplinary Robotics and Computational Thinking Conference.
Now, not only do students design and build their robots from the ground up, but are also tasked in developing the unit's programming so as to solve problems and communicate.
Michael Gernon, SVP, global head of Innovation, Research and Development GEMS Education, said: "Today's students need to create with computational thinking and robotics in an ongoing way to inspire curiosity, imagination, play, invention and to cultivate the necessary skills they will need for a world of unprecedented complexity.
"The knowledge and dispositions necessary to understand and create with computational thinking and robotics are now a 21st-century imperative. This conference is GEMS Education's effort towards preparing its teachers in unparalleled ways, to meet the growing needs of a transformation education sector and a rapidly evolving world," he added.
The Interdisciplinary Robotics and Computational Thinking Conference, which is held in close collaboration with GEMS and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), is a learning program aimed at equipping teachers with knowledge in computational thinking and robotics.
The second annual GEMS/CMU Interdisciplinary Robotics and Computational Thinking Conference was hosted at Carnegie Mellon University over the summer of 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.