This Saturday we finally got time to get Avi started with learning WeDo. We started with the first few steps of learning, which involved building a simple 2 gear model connected to the motor and then learning about driver, follower and idler gears. We also did step up and step down gears.
It felt like Avi immediately picked up the instructions. When doing driver/follower gear, it was clear to him that they are turning in opposite directions and adding idler gear serves the purpose of making them spin in same direction. What felt good was that Avi was immediately picking up these engineering concepts. When he went: “oohh so that’s why…”, it felt great. In fact, reading about step up/step down gears helped me understand how gears works as well.
On Sunday morning, he was working on WeDo when I woke up. He built a model from the Activity book with a giant which gets woken up by Mia/Max. He went through programming the model and telling the story to Mom. I hope he continues down this path of learning STEM concepts. Once Akshna gets old enough, I will include her as well. But it feels that spark is already there. It’s already there in Avi obviously, where he is reading and learning a lot, and asking questions and having conversations. Also, I’m happy to say that there seems to be an expectation of competency in this area. When Akshna asked if she’s too young to play with WeDo, I told her that it’ll be her turn soon. Then Avi said that in sometime he’ll move on to the next step to Mindstorms and Akshna will be ready to play with WeDo.