Using robotics to help students work collaboratively

Work collaboratively: Robotics social clubs

Middle years

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This practice contains two of nine challenges for robotics social clubs.

Working collaboratively is critical for successful relationships. In the Australian Curriculum, students develop personal and social capability as they learn to:

  • share experiences of cooperation
  • identify cooperative behaviours in play and group activities
  • contribute to teamwork and group cohesion
  • suggest improvements to achieve personal and group objectives.

The two robotics challenges in this practice target and scaffold students' ability to work collaboratively:

  1. Mexican wave
  2. Escape from the city

These challenges each take 1–2 sessions of approximately 45 minutes. You can invite parents to the end of these challenges for a demonstration and opportunity for teaching.

If you need to build a robot, begin with the starter challenge in the Communicate effectively: Robotics social clubs practice. You could also provide students with pre-made robots.

This practice will help students to

ask for help

offer to help

encourage others

understand their role in the team

This practice will help teachers to

scaffold student turn-taking

explicitly teach students to ask for help

scaffold student verbal communication

explicitly teach team roles

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