Empower Your Homeschool Curriculum with Robotics - Foreword by Rebecca Kochenderfer, CEO of Homeschool.com
The foreword by Rebecca Kochenderfer will be published with The Everything Guide to Start Your Robotics Team (Homeschool Special Edition).
Through my work both as the CEO of Homechool.com and as a homeschooling parent, I’m delighted with the growing popularity of the STEM movement. Every day I observe the multitude of ways that meaningful hands-on learning impacts the development of children’s intellect and inspires their deep love of learning.
STEM projects help our kids cultivate valuable critical thinking skills and improve their abilities to collaborate and problem solve with others. An innovative STEM curriculum makes math and science accessible and develops other worthwhile skills like coding and programming. The STEM movement fills our children with a satisfying sense of purpose and meaning. Best of all—it’s a lot of fun!
Among the homeschoolers that I know, I can think of no other STEM focus that ignites the same level of curiosity, excitement, and creativity as robotics. And now, thanks to a growing number of robotic competitions, homeschoolers can apply this enthusiasm in significant ways.
In writing The Everything Guide To Start Your Robotics Team, the gifted team at ROBOTERRA has provided the homeschooling community with an invaluable resource.
Readers are encouraged to think of their robotics team as though it were a business. Motivating chapters focused on identifying goals and objectives, branding, fundraising, professionalism, publicity, and leadership skills offer valuable advice. The relevant skillsets that this book helps to cultivate will be of use to young people whether they go on to become robotics engineers or something entirely different.
If you are a busy homeschool educator, you will appreciate ROBOTERRA’s efficient approach. The information contained in this book is pragmatic, straight forward and makes it easier for parents to provide the level of support our STEM kids require. At the same time, the authors recognize the importance of open ended projects that give children plenty of room to innovate and discover all on their own. ROBOTERRA’s team celebrates the same love of creative, student-led experimentation and tinkering that is inherent in most homeschoolers’ learning plans.
I wish your sons and daughters much joy and satisfaction as they prepare for their own robotics competitions.
Rebecca Kochenderfer created the Internet's first eNewsletter dedicated to education in 1993. She went on to be a founder of the website, Homeschool.com, winning a “Best of the Web” award from Forbes Magazine, with over 1 million visitors a year.