This article lists 7 reasons why robotics in education is helping make learning fun again.
1. Learning about setting goals and working to achieve them
Kids are used to doing things grown-ups tell them to do. Rarely do they see the big picture of why solving math problems would be useful to them in some way. With robotics, however, kids get to set their own goals and are in charge of achieving them. If you want your robot to be able to find its way through a maze, you have to make some calculations. And also solve math problems. But solving a math problem is so much more fun once you actually see the results with your own eyes.
2. Literal hands-on learning
3. Problem solving
4. Facing failure and improving on it
Failure is a word that scares most people. But we're only afraid of it because we've been taught that only right answers are awarded. But sometimes, in order to arrive at the right answer, you have to get a lot of wrong answers first. So if your sumo robot failed the first match then you probably have a good idea of what went wrong. So not succeeding the first time will give you invaluable insight into what you need to do differently. And maybe the second match will see your robot undefeated!
5. Learning teamwork and social skills
6. Developing creativity
The number of different competitions held during Robotex is around 20. This number keeps growing with every year because each year the participants come up with more creative solutions for their robots. The possibilities are limitless and, instead of defining one "right way" to solve a task, the students are encouraged to think outside the box and come up with new and crazy ways to build the robots and solve the tasks.