The Yavneh Academy in Paramus recently hosted a full-day seminar on robotics for early learners. The eventwas the brainchild of Chani Lichtiger, Yavneh’s director of educational technology. After attending a summer workshop, “Integrating Technology Into Jewish Early Childhood Education,” by Dr. Umaschi Bers, a co-developer of ScratchJr, a programming language for young children, she organized the day at Yavneh. Participating schools included the JEC in Elizabeth and the Manhattan Day School. Dr. Bers spent time with the teachers to make sure they understood the curricular benefits and pedagogy involved in teaching young children about robotics.
At the conference, teachers worked in pairs to build and program robots to perform tasks related to their curricula.