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    • Jennifer Kukalski Using Integrated Software Across the Curriculum Spring 2009
    • According to Helen West in her article for Teacher Magazine titled: Spaces for Learning: Designing Learning Space An effective early childhood learning environment :  Engages children in stimulating tasks  Enables children to explore and problem-solve creatively and together  Creates spaces providing opportunities for children to interact with each other  Helps them to take responsibility for their own learning  Gives them access to a cognitively challenging curriculum which connects to their lives and experiences
    •  The room should be arranged in a way that allows for easy movement from area to area.  The areas and their materials should be stimulating and inviting.  Noisy areas should be separated from quiet areas.
    •  Start with the three zones, active zone, quiet zone and messy zone. Under each zone, make a list of the areas/stations which would go under each. Active Zone Quiet Zone Messy Zone Block play Book Corner Art Indoor Active play Computer Discovery science Music/Movement Table Toys Sand/Water Cooking Woodworking
    •  When designing an early childhood robotics learning environment, the following stations are also included into the classroom layout: programming stations, building stations, design and art stations, floor space and walls.  These stations would be listed under the active zone.
    •  Programming stations need a sufficient amount of room on a desk or table for a computer, infrared tower and the robotic construction being programmed.  Posters of the programming icons and white boards are also good for helping the children to write their programs.  A projector connected to a computer is a good tool to demonstrate programming tips with the whole class.  A locked cabinet is a good idea to have in any classroom, to store expensive items, such as digital cameras and their accessories.
    •  Building stations are made up of tables that should be next to computer stations.  Building can be done with a variety of materials such as, Legos, pipe cleaners, cardboard, tape, etc. These items should be stored in bins with labels.  Other items which should be stored on shelves out of reach of the children are: batteries, flashlight, extra pieces and tools.  Empty bins are also good for storing projects that are still being worked on.  Posters of basic construction tips should be hung on the walls to assist children when they are building.
    •  Children should have ample table space and drawing supplies to make entries into their design journals.  Other art and recyclable materials are good to have on hand for the children to use in the robotic constructions.  Scissors, glue and tape are always a must have for any class, including a robotics learning environment.
    •  Floors without carpet are a great area for testing robotic constructions, because there are no traction problems as with carpeted floors.  Other flat, smooth surfaces such as a wood board or cement can be used, inside or outside, as well.  A minimum of six feet of floor space is suggested to test moving constructions.
    •  Walls serve as three very important functions in robotics learning environments: documentation, memory and teaching. (Bers, 2008)  Posters of photographs can be hung to show the process of making robotics.  Memory walls can be created by placing pictures of completed projects with a short description on the wall before the creation is disassembled.  Walls also display posters of programming icons and diagrams of the building steps to teach to the children.
    • Early childhood learning environments should have stimulating tasks which encourage children to work with each other to solve problems. A robotics learning environment does that, and is not hard to incorporate into a classroom. Most early childhood classrooms have building and art materials, computers, floor and wall space. The only additional things needed are the infrared towers and robotics kit and programs.
    •  The following websites are helpful for designing an early childhood (robotics) learning environment.  http://classroom.4teachers.org/  http://www.communityplaythings.com/resource s/articles/designingenvironments/Aquickguide.h tml