Getting Children into Research Prof Mamokgethi Setati Vice Principal: Research and Innovation firstname.lastname@example.org
Why this session?• The FIRST® LEGO® League program is designed to show kids how exciting science, technology, and engineering can be.• Research and problem solving are integral parts of these fields and keys to the success of any real-world engineering team.
The FLL Real-World Problem themes• 2009 Smart Moves – the transportation of the world.• 2010 Body Forward – the trends in Bio-Medical Engineering.• 2011 Food Factor – the issues of food contamination as a world issue that affects all nations.• 2012 Senior Solution – how to keep old people engaged and integrated in the community in which they live.
Why get children interested in research?• To satisfy their curiosity.• To encourage them to think critically about the problems that they confronted with• To Increase their general knowledge and world knowledge about real-world issues.• Prepares them for an academic environment (post school)• Helps them with their school work projects.• Consider solutions from a ‘young’ mind perspective – no bias, preconceived, conformed …
Teaching children to do research is important because• Core Subjects: Children must learn beyond the BASICS REQUIRED.• Learning Skills: they learn to use what they have learned, e.g. critical thinking, application and implementation, thinking of new things, communication and collaboration.• 21st Century Tools: they learn how to use technology to find answers• 21st Century Context: REAL world …• 21st Century Content: Discerning and analyzing the body of knowledge available