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Sunday, September 24, 2017, 18:45

We've been doing some maze solving this week.

I had forgotten how fustrating it can be for kids, but as always, I was very proud of them by the end.

The first aim was to get to the center and most of them opted to go with dead reckoning - I did explain the pitfalls, but kids will be kids and went for what appeared to be the easiest option.

I have to say they did really well! After getting to the center fairly quickly, they then continued, very willingly to get to the other end of the maze and a few even got their robot to come all the way back.

I was pleased to see them spot the fact that they could either mirror their code, or turnaround and repeat it.

But my biggest takeway from it all was how well they dealt with their failures. Dead reckoning is a pain! Especially when you start rushing and you start it wrong and it seems like all your coding has been rubbish!

But the kids really perservered with their robots and that was really brilliant to see.

I wish that their normal schools lessons were like that, with less focus on learning answers for exams and more about just having a go at something because you find it enjoyable.

Having a go and seeing how far you can stretch yourself and the activity at hand.

And knowing that nobody is counting their mistakes and that we are here to help whenever they need it and rooting for them no matter how long it takes.

I think that would solve at least a few of the problems in the education system and definitely do wonders for their self esteem and - dare I say it - I think they'd learn a lot more than they do currently...


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