The unpredictable Covid-19 pandemic enhanced the digital learning experience from a three-year-old to a Ph.D. student. The era brought extreme challenges with it and the most difficult one was the exposure of experiential learning. Students got to study everything online. However, to back the education practically, there was an associated struggle for the mentor as well as for the parents.
There was also a belief that stated that student’s learning needs should be made fun by the use of some measures. Also, these measures were supposed to have a positive impact on the kids’ digital education.
In recent times, education requires you to be skilled in anything and everything you perform, whether it is classroom studies or co-curricular activities. Every skill counts in the modern-day education system. Therefore, it was imperative to transform the learning procedure of the K-12 segment with the joy of learning-based smart toys. The modification in the educational experience impacts in better understanding and strengthen final outcome.
It is known that every child has different abilities and according to that, they learn and grow. Some are quick learners and some are slow learners. We, as experts, and parents observed that children don’t find it interesting to just mug up from those non-interactive books. Therefore, to make schooling more interesting even at home, learning-based toys played a significant role.
As toys are something that children possess since childhood, they connect to it more. The education sector has also become a part of the change and things took a massive turn towards innovations. Therefore, learning-based smart toys became a part of the students’ curriculum too.
A call for learning-based smart toys
The learning-based smart toys are designed to understand 21st–century courses and enhance the requisite skills among kids. Specialised courses such as AI, Robotics, STEAM, STEM, and other innovative techniques could be learned while playing or having fun with these toys. The toys help set kids free from the burden and stress of learning theories. They also help in maintaining good mental health and support students in their swotting. Therefore, they are also known as STEM-based toys.
The kids can easily mould themselves and create various structures out of the tools given in the box of smart toys. The toys are based on the Do-It-Yourself theory. In this, kids can assemble the allocated parts of the toys to develop diverse real-world tools. The toy’s end result leads to a doorbell, an automated paying car, a windmill, a paper microscope, and many other objects. These are proven to be perfect for understanding the real-world functioning of technical devices.
Hence, with the help of STEM-based toys, smaller kids’ critical and analytical skills develop faster. These hardware kits are a replica of what has been taught in the theoretical sessions. Until 2020, these exposures were given through Atal Tinker Labs, stimulating creativity, innovation, development, and enhancing younger ones’ capabilities.
Skills can either be developed over time or could be possessed from the very beginning. Smart toys help children grasp specific skills in a much superior manner, even those that otherwise entail advanced learning and long curriculum sessions.
Moreover, smart toys equip K-12 students with better memory retention, increase concentration, enhance decision-making power, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and a lot more understanding with creativity. Besides, toys help in developing emotional and social intelligence by understanding physical world situations in a fun way. Also, to express their emotions and tackle the case if any problem arises.
With the continuous use of STEM-based smart toys, children get exposed to developing useful things out of home-generated waste. The K-12 students also get to tinker and create gadgets that have alternate uses as compared to the devices used in their daily lives.
Experiential learning is the new normal
Somewhat a decade ago, the students from the sixth to the eighth standard were given exposure to Smart Edu classes. In comparison, the pandemic made the kindergarten students experience online classes. Currently, experiential learning and STEM-based toys are known to be the new normal in every students’ life. Therefore, to help children undergo more practical knowledge, parents prefer to use smart toys backed by online classes.
With the help of smart toys, K-12 student’s parents accurately make their children understand the workings of daily life devices. Parents have become the second mentors to the kids due to the study from home system. In contrast to science and math labs, creativity was brought home with the help of such learning-based toys.
To outline, innovation and creativity are becoming an integral part of all the sectors. Plus, the education sector has gone to an enormous spin towards innovation, design and changes, accepting it in all possible ways.
Moreover, the 21st Century education sector enables pragmatic learning, considering a change in the kids’ and their parents’ learning patterns. We have already pre-assumed the days when six-year-olds will be turning into ‘kidspreneurs’ thanks to the significant influence of these smart toys on them.
This article has been written by Anurag Gupta and Rajeev Tiwari, Co-founders at STEMROBO Technologies