Robo Wunderkind is a modular robotics kit. What does this mean, and why is a modular toy so beneficial for a child’s development?
What are modular toys?
A modular toy is a tool or system made up of smaller independent parts, usually construction bits. These can be universal or can serve a specific purpose––such as the Robo Wunderkind modules that all serve different functions, and are color-coded for easier understanding.
Modular blocks can be put together in any way a pupil likes, which makes them fully customizable for any subject, expandable and long-lasting. Their function, design and overall look are all adaptable according to how a pupil combines them, giving them the power to design, construct and assign functions while they learn about the underlying principles the modular kit represents.
What does modularity achieve?
A modular kit we all know is LEGO™ –– hardly a child or adult who hasn’t played with it. (Robo Wunderkind is even compatible with LEGO™ blocks for extra customization options.) With that in mind, it’s easy to see why this concept of toys is so popular. Every child finds something to do with modular blocks, whether that be building a house, a princess carriage or a vicious warrior. Robo Wunderkind decided to go beyond the feature of building and assigned programmable functions to each module.
Modularity encourages a child’s creativity and imagination by leaving them free in what they construct. It supports self-directed play, which in turn encourages their autonomous thinking. (Read about why that is important here.) They become the masters of their creations.
Moreover, modularity allows children to exercise strategic thinking, planning, and reasoning. They are driven by the explorative process, and, more specifically, are able to see the real-world implementation of their projects. This is especially relevant when it comes to STEM toys, which serve as the building blocks for understanding the way complex technology works.
Why is this relevant in the classroom?
While constantly on the look for smart STEM tools, teachers find their modular subgroup especially useful for several reasons. Firstly, the scalability of the product doesn’t require every child to have one piece –– saving resources and supporting cooperative play between pupils. The potential of creative individuality further allows every child or group to build at their own speed and thus express their own potential.
As there are no limits to building with modular units, children can repeatedly use modular tools for different assignments and even different subjects; experiment and explore their own talents.
A modular robotics kit
Robo Wunderkind is an open-ended tool that encourages children’s creative explorations over a long period of time, and on several difficulty levels. The modular design of the toy is ideal for delivering the STEM principles so essential in today’s early education. It goes beyond the simple construction feature and allows children to experiment with each module, creating a fully functional piece of technology. As children build, construct and assign roles and meaning to their creations, they are lead to produce and create technology with a specific purpose.
The scalability of Robo Wunderkind can also be achieved by buying additional kits (Advanced Kit), or even to play with several kits at the same time. The amount of modules children can use has no set limit, as long as they connect them correctly together. This lets children create even the wildest of creations and is ideal of classroom projects and assignments.
Modular toys set no limits. And when we set no limits to children’s creativity, we are letting them grow at unprecedented creative speed.