Another important element for the head of institution, Karen Sterling, is that the children are prepared for the future. Technology has become a bigger part of our daily lives and the children have to be willing to adapt to the new technological demands. Thus, it is important that children become acquainted with the new technology as early as in the kindergarten.
The children are learning a little bit of the technological language, and this is an advantage that other children may not have. If you want to understand the technology, you need a language to be able to talk about it. I believe that the fact that they are developing a technological language, will give them some amazing opportunities in the future, says Karen Sterling.
Camilla Kennedy, the daily leader in the child care center in Fraugde which is one of the two institutions participating in the project, ads:
We are aware of the fact that the children’s future jobs do not exist yet. Thus, the children have to be very innovative and be comfortable with the new technology. When they are experimenting with robots, they develop different thought patterns and learn to be curious and reflective. Possessing these competencies is important in a modern society and a project like this will make the children fit for the future demands of the labour market, says Camilla Kennedy.
For the next five months, the two kindergartens will have the pleasure of working together with the two bachelor students from the University College Lillebaelt and when the project ends, the two kindergartens are going to purchase the Cubelets. Moreover, the kindergarten teachers at the two day care centers soon will become experts in using the Cubelets the best way, and so they will be able to continue the successful work when the project ends.