By Rabbi Lee Buckman
I just returned from taking our students on a nine-day robotics mini-mester in Israel. Thirteen of our students joined 12 Israeli high school students and spent part of the time at the Technion building a robot that models snake locomotion and part of their time at the Ben Gurion University-Eilat campus building a robot that was designed to prepare our students to enter the First Robotics Competition this January.
See photos and students’ reflections at http://tanenbaumchatroboticsisraeltrip.weebly.com/pictures.html.
The program was a valuable learning experience for many reasons. First, our students learned how to design, construct, and program autonomous robots. Second, they worked with Israeli teens their age who shared a common interest and now have friends who can be a resource their future academic and professional pursuits. Third, they learned a range of “soft” skills like collaboration, problem-solving, and risk-taking that will benefit them throughout life.