Bassett Unified Students Develop Critical Thinking Skills with Robotics

LA PUENTE – Don Julian Elementary kindergarten students Rosie Martinez, Jesus Rodriguez and Jayleen
Cereceres love playing with Bee-bots, Pro-bot cars, Sphero bots and Wonder Workshop’s Dash
robots, making a game of it while they develop critical-thinking skills, programming
algorithms and learning to code.
“I like the Bee-bots because you get to move them by controlling them. I program the bee-bots
to move from one picture to another,” Martinez said.
Teacher Carin Sakuma is certified in Microsoft Innovation Education and uses curriculum
from to help students hone problem-solving skills.
“It teaches them to be critical thinkers throughout the day, not just during one period of the day, and it allows them that flexibility to be independent thinkers and solve problems on their own,” said Sakuma. “It is a great way to build their confidence.”

02-28-19_BASSETT_CODING_1: Don Julian Kindergarten students develop problem-solving skills in a makerspace, where they can learn and play with robots such as Bee-bots. Students guide the ‘bots through a picture maze, identifying patterns using shapes and colors.
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