Robotics and coding are both highly popular and in-demand enrichment subjects. While the two are interconnected, they are different. When it comes to choosing between robotics and coding programmes for your child, there are several factors to consider. Here are some key differences between the two:
Different ways of operating tasks and reaching goals
Robotics involves designing, constructing, and controlling physical robots to accomplish specific missions. This requires knowledge of simple mechanisms, basic physics principles, and programming logic. In contrast, coding is all about writing computer programs using languages like SCRATCH and Python.
Different requirements for competence
While both robotics and coding require critical thinking and problem-solving skills, they demand different abilities. Robotics requires handcrafting skills, spatial awareness, and creativity for building robots, as well as critical thinking and programming skills for operating them. Coding, on the other hand, attracts students with strong logic and mathematical skills.
They have different type of competitions.
When it comes to competitions, the requirements for robotics and coding differ. Robotics classes typically begin as individual projects, but as students advance to competition classes (by invitation only), they will need to work as a team, play different roles, and have good communication, collaboration, and leadership skills. Coding, on the other hand, can be a solitary activity, and individual competitions. However we encourage students to collaborate with peers and make good use of open-source and online communities to work on collaborative projects.
How to make the choice?
Ultimately, the choice between robotics and coding will depend on your child’s interests and character. Robotics is a great entry program for younger children who enjoy exploring and experiencing with their hands and eyes, as it provides opportunities for building and coding while their brains are still developing. Coding classes are more appropriate for older students who have advanced math and logical thinking skills.
At NK Robotics, we offer a range of robotics and coding programmes for students of all ages and abilities. Please refer to our learning roadmap and programme introductions to see what is taught in each programme, and feel free to contact us if you have any questions or would like to learn more.